For those of you who either have been conned, or you have had someone attempt to con you, you should report this fraud to your local and state authorities.
Like the attorney general, department of consumer affairs, police, etc, depending on the situation. It's good to post here to inform other writers, but you also need to let the government know about this.
We can reduce substantially the amount of fraud out there by reporting it and informing people out their rights. Also, as more cons get prosecuted and this makes the news, that in itself will be providing education to would be con artists.