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Help Authorities Crack Down on Scam Spam Emails

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By Amanda Taylor, NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Have you ever received an email that you just know is a scam? If so, there's something you can do to help authorities put a dent in the ever-growing problem of "Scam Spam."

"Whenever we talk to enforcement they say they have limited staff. So they have to prioritize. And what they do is take action against scammers based on complaints," said John Breyault, National Consumer League, V.P.

Breyault said it's the National Consumer League's goal to get consumers to report fraud when they see it.

"If they don't report or complain, enforcement agencies won't take action," Breyault said.

If you get a scam email, there are 2 paths to take:

If you are not a victim, but have received a scam email, you need to report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

Click here to access the FTC complaint form.

If you are a victim, file a complaint with your local authorities (like the police department), file with Oklahoma's Attorney General by calling 405-521-3921, and file with the National Consumer League's Fraud Center. They will make sure your complaint gets to the appropriate agencies.

Click here to access the complaint form.

Make sure you never click on any links or attachments that are included in the "Scam Spam." Your best bet after filing a complaint, is delete the email.

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