What To Do if You’ve Been Scammed

Think you’ve been scammed? The most important thing to do is to take action immediately. Read our steps below so you know what to do.

  • Act quickly. This can help to lessen the damage.
  • Completely break off contact with the scammer: Block phone numbers, email addresses, and social media accounts and report them to their respective service providers. 
  • Forward any written correspondence and electronic records (e.g., phone logs) to Rutgers IT (abuse@rutgers.edu).
  • Get your electronic devices—laptop, tablet, phone, etc.—checked for spyware or malware.
  • Contact Rutgers police and file a report. A police report is usually required by financial institutions as documentation that fraud took place.
  • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC.gov). It investigates large-scale fraud, and you are likely one of thousands.