Reporting A Scammer October 19, 2023 22:08 Updated Reporting sextortion or similar scams is crucial for individual and community safety. If you suspect you've been targeted, the steps you take to report the activity could prevent further harm to yourself and others. This guide focuses solely on the how-to's of reporting suspicious activities on dating apps and to relevant authorities. Importance of Reporting While it's tempting to block the scammer and move on, reporting these incidents is critical. Your report can provide valuable data that helps to identify culprits and protect other community members, especially LGBTQIA+ women who are at high risk. In-App Reporting on HER Our platform has a feature that allows you to report any profiles or interactions that raise red flags. Here's how to do it: Steps to Report In-App: 1. Go to the user's profile that you wish to report. 2. Locate the 'Report User' or 'Flag' icon, usually displayed at the bottom of their profile 3. Follow the on-screen instructions to provide details and complete the report. Documentation: Screenshots are Your Best Friend Before you block or report the suspicious user, make sure to take screenshots of all conversations, pictures, and other relevant interactions. These can be useful in case you decide to escalate the report to law enforcement. How to Take Screenshots: - On iPhone: Press the Side Button and the Volume Up button simultaneously. - On Android: Press the Power Button and the Volume Down button at the same time. - On Desktop: Use the Snipping Tool (Windows) or Shift-Command-4 (Mac). Reporting to Law Enforcement If the situation escalates to the point where you feel it necessary to involve authorities, you should report it to your local police station. In the United States, you can also file a complaint with the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). What to Include in the Report: - Screenshots of the conversations and profile. - The user's profile name, bio, and other identifiers. - Any other evidence that can help identify the scammer. Anonymous Reporting Options If you prefer to report the crime anonymously, there are tip lines and online services that allow you to do so. Please note that anonymous reports may be less actionable due to the lack of verifiable details. Following Up Once you've filed a report, whether in-app or with law enforcement, it's a good idea to keep track of any follow-up actions. HER's Trust and Safety team may reach out to you for additional information, and having your evidence organized will expedite the investigative process. Conclusion Reporting is a vital step in combating sextortion and similar scams. While it may feel like a daunting task, remember that by doing so, you're playing a crucial role in making online dating safer for everyone. If you have any questions or require further guidance, don't hesitate to reach out to our Trust and Safety team for assistance.