What to do

if you’ve been scammed

1. Cry.

2. Apply to your local, state or federal enforcement agency with information and a request for assistance.

3. Report the scam to the Internet Fraud Complaint Center at www1.ifccfbi.gov.

4. Cry more.

5. Send a complaint via registered mail to the embassy of the country where the scammer resides and to his or her embassy in your country.

6. Openly weep.

7. Inform the agency or Web site and put its name on a blacklist, and inform the service provider where the scammer’s e-mail account has been registered and ask the provider to disable the address.

8. Buy Kleenex for upcoming crying.

9. If you have sent money to a scammer via Western Union, report it to Western Union’s fraud department and customer-support department.

10. Cry again.