What can I do if I think I have been the victim of a scam?

Full Question:

I adopted 3 yorkie puppies from Scotland. The person who had them told me I had to pay only $450.00 to ship them here (US). I sent the money. Then, the carrier service said they needed $2200.00 more for sales contract and import papers. After I paid that, they needed $1250.00 for permit papers and insurance I paid that, then they needed $5450.00 transfer of registration papers, a shipping crate, resigning documents; I paid $3750.00. Then they said I had to pay $1800.00 for food and care; I paid 1750.00 They told me they were on the way the next day. They told me the plane crashed and one pup was killed the insurance company would contact me. Now they are asking for $4000.00 because they say the female is pregnant; she is only 12 weeks old. Should I hire a lawyer? Most of the money is refundable but not until the pups are delivered. Every time they tell me they are going to be delivered something else comes up and they need more money
04/24/2009   |   Category: Fraud   |   State: Florida   |   #16121

Answer:

Unfortunately, it sounds like you have become a victim of a fraudulent scam. Fraud is the broadest category of cybercrime. Fraud includes many types of criminal activity, ranging from credit card abuse, wire fraud, and business fraud to misrepresentation and the failure to deliver purchases. The Federal Trade Commission monitors and regulates Internet commerce, and it maintains advice for avoiding fraud at its website: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/menu-internet.htm. The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigates and prosecutes cybercrimes. In partnership with several federal agencies, the FBI maintains the Internet Fraud Complaint Center online for accepting complaints at http://www1.ifccfbi.gov/index.asp. Traditional consumer protection laws apply to fraud on the Internet, but federal law also contains specific Internet-related laws as well.