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There are a variety of government and private agencies that can, in theory, help victims of fraud.  "In theory" meaning the reports are not always pursued.  There is a very simple reason for this: consumer-to-consumer transactions across state borders have never existed until the recent growth of the internet.  The sheer number of transactions limits the agencies' ability to pursue complaints.  The "higher up" the agency, the less likely it is to pursue any single complaint. 

The best strategy is to start with local agencies, such as the police departments (local to you plus the one local to the other party).  The local police are the most likely public officials to pursue a single complaint against a single person.  As one might imagine, this varies dramatically from city to city.

The Better Business Bureau may be of some help if the other party is indeed a business.  However, the most effective use of the BBB is to check a company BEFORE a transaction.

Each state's Attorney General's office may be of some help, especially if a large number of complaints are filed, or if the dollar figure is high enough.

National agencies are generally limited to pursuing complaints of widespread fraud, but there are some online mechanisms for complaints to be filed.

Below are some links to relevant agencies. 

 

 

 

  State Attorney Generals

Alabama

http://www.ago.state.al.us/

Alaska

http://www.law.state.ak.us/

Arizona

http://www.attorney_general.state.az.us/

Arkansas

http://www.ag.state.ar.us/

California

http://caag.state.ca.us/

Colorado

http://www.ago.state.co.us/index.htm

Connecticut

http://www.cslib.org/attygenl/

Delaware

http://www.state.de.us/attgen/index.htm

Florida

http://legal.firn.edu/

Georgia

http://www.ganet.org/ago/

Hawaii

http://www.state.hi.us/ag/

Idaho

http://www2.state.id.us/ag/

Illinois

http://www.ag.state.il.us/

Indiana

http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/

Iowa

http://www.state.ia.us/government/ag/index.html

Kansas

http://www.ink.org/public/ksag/

Kentucky

http://www.law.state.ky.us/

Louisiana

http://www.ag.state.la.us/

Maine

http://www.state.me.us/ag/homepage.htm

Maryland

http://www.oag.state.md.us/

Massachusetts

http://www.ago.state.ma.us/

Michigan

http://www.ag.state.mi.us/

Minnesota

http://www.ag.state.mn.us/

Mississippi

http://www.ago.state.ms.us/

Missouri

http://www.ago.state.mo.us/

Montana

http://www.doj.state.mt.us/ago/index.htm

Nebraska

http://www.nol.org/home/ago/

Nevada

http://ag.state.nv.us/

New Hampshire

http://webster.state.nh.us/nhdoj/

New Jersey

http://www.state.nj.us/lps/oag/oag.html

New Mexico

http://www.ago.state.nm.us/

New York

http://www.oag.state.ny.us/

North Carolina

http://www.jus.state.nc.us/

North Dakota

http://www.ag.state.nd.us/ndag/default.htm

Ohio

http://www.ag.state.oh.us/

Oklahoma

http://www.oag.state.ok.us/

Oregon

http://www.doj.state.or.us/

Pennsylvania

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/

Rhode Island

http://www.riag.state.ri.us/

South Carolina

http://www.scattorneygeneral.org/

South Dakota

http://www.state.sd.us/attorney/index.html

Tennessee

http://www.tbi.state.tn.us/

Texas

http://www.oag.state.tx.us/

Utah

http://www.attygen.state.ut.us/

Vermont

http://www.state.vt.us/atg/

Virginia

http://www.oag.state.va.us/

Washington

http://www.wa.gov/ago/

West Virginia

http://www.state.wv.us/wvag/

Wisconsin

http://www.doj.state.wi.us/

Wyoming

http://www.state.wy.us/~ag/index.html

 
 

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