Online, offline, email, or postal. If you know of or encounter a scam, this is the place to let people know about it. If you have any questions, you can post here and have your question answered by people who are knowledgeable about all types of scams. If you have fallen for a scam, you can post your experience here to warn others.#### Description Welcome to r/Scams, a subreddit for all your scam identification needs!
If you believe you are being scammed, you can post your questions here and have them answered by a community that is knowledgeable about all types of scams. If you are the victim of a scam, you can post here to share your story and to warn others.
We have detailed stickied threads to help you identify some of the scams we see most commonly in this subreddit; please read the stickies before posting!
You should post details in order to receive quick advice. Include details like: what the person sent you, details included in texts/emails/in-person conversation, etc. The more detail, the better. If you post screenshots, you should also copy and paste the text from the screenshot into your post so that the text shows up on Google and other search engines. Make sure you redact all personal information from your screenshots.
Given the nature of this subreddit, you should treat any external links as suspicious, and you should be careful visiting any unfamiliar websites.
External links, such as websites or videos, must be posted as a self post. We only allow images and self posts on this subreddit for safety reasons. If you use the link-only posting feature in this subreddit, it will be removed automatically by the AutoModerator.
Please try to use archive.is, archive.org, unvis.it, or another archive website instead of posting the direct link.
If you are posting an article, please copy and paste a few relevant paragraphs and submit them along with the link in a self post.
If you're posting about another redditor then please report them to Reddit admins at www.reddit.com/report
TL;DR: don't start witch hunts, don't post personal information, and be nice.
AutoModerator's knowledge base
You can summon AutoModerator to explain any of the following scams by writing a comment with an exclamation mark (!) in front of the keyword for the scam you want to be explained. If you would like to help expand AutoModerator's knowledge base, [message the moderators](https://www.reddit.com/message/compose?to=%2Fr%2Fscams&subject=Bot Commands). Here are the phrases the bot currently looks for:
People who consistently give good advice will be given the "Quality Contributor" flair. If you think you deserve this flair, please do not hesitate to send a message to the moderators.
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Site to report scams in the United Kingdom: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
Site to report scams in the United States: https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx
Site to report scams in Canada: www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerincident/index-eng.htm
Site to report scams in Europe: https://www.europol.europa.eu/report-a-crime/report-cybercrime-online
FTC scam alerts: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts
Microsoft's anti-scam guide: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx
Public database of various identifiers used in scams that accepts submissions: https://fraudski.com/
Trend Micro Check, website evaluator: https://check.trendmicro.com/
Reverse username search tool: https://usersearch.org/