Adriana Barton, 41, from Weymouth, was placed on a Interpol gallery alongside alleged murderers and paedophiles.
The mum-of-two was contacted by worried friends and family when she appeared as one of just three women included in the global appeal for 25 wanted fugitives.
The 'red notice' accused her of fraud in Costa Rica and was published on Interpol's website.
Terrified she locked all her doors and windows before plucking up the courage to 'hand herself in' to local police.
Mrs Barton from Weymouth – who has never been in trouble with the law – spent hours at the station while baffled officers rang law enforcement authorities around the world.
She was allowed home "until they could get to the bottom of it" – but it took the National Crime Agency six months to apologise.
The NCA admitted it handed over her passport details and photo to Interpol in Costa Rica in "error" when police asked for info on another criminal suspect.
She said: "I can't believe they could make such a mistake.
"They were looking for a criminal fraudster – but they issued a picture and name of a housewife in Weymouth. I think it's outrageous.
"When I looked at the page I was shaking. It was robbers and rapists and murderers – and me.
"Interpol and the NCA are supposed to protect people. It makes you worry about trusting the system.
"You would think before they hand over these details about people they would double, if not triple check.
"It can destroy someone's life. It makes me so angry to just think about it."
Adriana was out power-walking when she received a message from a friend in Ireland asking if she was ok, accompanied by a link to a story on the Sun Online, in July 2017.
The list included a 47-year-old pilot wanted in the US for allegedly grooming and sexually abusing children, and a terrorist, 43, is wanted for kidnapping and murder.
A spokesman for the NCA said: "In 2014 Mrs Barton's photo was incorrectly shared with the Costa Rican authorities for intelligence purposes in response to a request made by them.
"At no point was the NCA made aware that this intelligence would be made public some time later.
"However, we accept that the photo was shared in error and we have apologised fully to Mrs Barton.
"As discussions are ongoing with her legal representatives it would not be appropriate for us to comment further."
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