Got Ripped Off on the Web? Fight Back!
I find that most people and businesses on the web are friendly and honest.
Unfortunately, a few decide to take the dishonest route. Did you pay for a product
or service and didn't receive it, or it didn't turn out to be what you expected?
Did you provide a product or service and didn't get paid?
In this article, I'm going to provide you a step-by-step method to force
dishonest individuals or businesses on the Web to deal with you fairly, or at least
how to cause them so much pain that they wish they had. How many of these steps
you actually take depends upon how mad you are and how much time you want to
dedicate to extracting revenge.
Step 1. Gather as much information about the dishonest party as you can. Get
names, addresses and phone numbers. Dishonest parties like to make themselves scarce.
Step 2. Put your complaint in writing. Be accurate and honest. Don't exaggerate
or make false accusations. Also, think of any possible excuses the dishonest party
might use, and prepare counter arguments.
Step 3. Inform the dishonest party that you intend to take action against them if
they do not solve the problem equitably and honestly, and that that action will
include charges of criminal fraud. Give them a chance to figure out that it would
be much easier for them to just be honest. Contact them several times and give
them ample time to resolve the problem, because after this things really get nasty.
Step 4. Go to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center
(IFCC) website and click on the "File a Complaint" link to fill out an online form.
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C). IFCC provides
a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of a suspected
criminal or civil violation.
Step 5. Go to the Internet Fraud Watch website
and click on the "Online complaint form" link. The Internet Fraud Watch was created
by the National Consumers League, the oldest nonprofit consumer organization in the United States.
Step 6. Go to the Better Business Bureau OnLine
website. BBBOnLine is the arm of the Better Business Bureau that specifically deals with
web sites. The BBB contacts the business involved in the dispute to see if they want
to work it out amicably. When a company has a large file of complaints at the BBB,
it definitely cuts into their business.
Step 7. Use a search engine to find out how to contact the Attorney General's Office
of the state in which the dishonest party operates. Then file a complaint. If your
complaint involves fraud, this could result in criminal charges against them.
Step 8. Go to the Allwhois website and look up
the dishonest party's domain name. This might give you some information about the
dishonest party and who is providing them with web hosting. Inform the company providing
them with web hosting that if they continue to provide the dishonest party with web
service, their company may be charged as an accomplice in a criminal action.