(by Elena Garrett, RD Owner) Every day I am receiving letters telling us that an active scammer has been identified and asking us to arrest the scammer while the scammer is "on the move".I would like to address some of the most frequent requests and questions: The only way to really catch the scammers is to have Russian/Ukrainian police to identify them and file criminal charges them.Neither you nor any private entity can catch a scammer, regardless of how you define the word "catch." How can you facilitate the process of catching the scammer?The answer depends on whether or not you sent the scammer any money.If you already sent the money to the scammer, then you will need to file a proper complaint with Russian police (click on the link to read more).If you did not send the scammer any money, then you are not technically a victim, cannot file a complaint.But you can still send some information to Russian police, although n 90% of the cases, they probably won't be able to use it efficiently (because Internet scams are so anonymous in nature).
Drag your conversation with the scammer along for long enough to get the scammers' last name information.3) the email headers from every letter you received from the scammer. ) between this scammer and other scammers found on the internet 7) best thing to have is the scammer's bank account.If you do not have the headers, your information won't be very useful. If the scammer did not request any money from you so far, do not bother reporting yet - just drag your conversation with the scammer along for long enough to get the scammers' money request letter. You till need write a letter to police with a summary of the information that you have about the scammer, an explanation of each piece of evidencets that this person is a scammer, and a clearly formulated request for police to look into this situation.5) all the falsified documents (passports, visas, tickets) that they scammer provided 6) references to specific similarities (letters? You will need to translate your letter to police into Russian. The email headers, the bank accounts, the false documents, and the full names of individual involved will likely be of only interest to them.It is better to use human translator because the Internet translations are usually barely intelligible. Do not expect your scammer to be arrested on that evidence.If you cannot find a human translator who would translate you letter to police for free, then please send an letter in your native language, plus a computer translation of your letter. Address where to send the letter and the evidence: MVD of Russian Federation, "OTDEL K" Zhitnaya ul. 16 Moscow Russia "Otdel K" is a specialized division of Russian police that deals specifically with computer crimes. If you did not send any money, no crime was committed, so no prosecution will follow. Mainly, because there is no reason to Russian police to get involved - unless there is an ongoing criminal case against the scammer AND the judge issued a warrant.Their phone numbers: 7 (495) 222-34-01; 7 (495) 222-46-16. Police will merely file this information away in some database. You can't point fingers at Russian citizen standing in line at the Western Union office and ask them to be arrested simply because you desire to see them in jail.Western Union sting operations may sound to you like the best way to catch the scammers! Russian police has no legal ground to arrest anyone based only on your accusation. Police need to review the complaint and decide whether to open an investigation.Sufficient investigative research would need to be performed to ensure that a crime indeed was committed.Decision would need to be made whether there is sufficient evidence for filing criminal charges.If yes, then a request for a permission to arrest would need to be obtained. So, not, you cannot call up Russian police and ask them to be ready by Wednesday to pick up your scammer at Western Union.