Be Resourceful, Get Educated and Stop Fraud
Keep informed and stay protected. The more information you have, the better you can shield yourself against criminals. Report fraud, stay updated on the latest scams, and learn how to detect con artists with the resources offered through these websites.
Better Business Bureau | visit site
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) helps consumers find businesses they can trust, by setting standards and best business practices that companies and charities are expected to follow. Among other services they provide, they track customer complaints and the companies’ responses, and you can look up a company’s history of service on their website. You can also report and get information about scams.
Federal Bureau of Investigation | visit site
The FBI’s website has a lot of information about current scams and fraud schemes and how to protect yourself from them. You can report a scam through the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center (NWC3).
Federal Trade Commission | visit site
The Federal Trade Commission is the nation's consumer protection agency. The FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection works for the consumer to prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace. The Bureau wants to hear from consumers who want to get information or file a complaint about fraud or identity theft.
National Association of Attorneys General | visit site
The Consumer Protection Project of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) works to improve enforcement of state and federal consumer protection laws. It also promotes information exchange among the states.
US Postal Inspectors | visit site
Any crime that uses the mail service in the US is handled by US Postal Inspectors. This includes crimes that may also involve phone calls or email. If you believe you’re a victim of mail fraud, report it online or call the Postal Inspectors at 877-876-2455.
OnGuard Online | visit site
The federal government established OnGuardOnline.gov to educate consumers about scams and responsible online behavior, to help you and your kids be safe online. In addition to providing tips and information, they list the websites of government agencies and other organizations where you can file complaints about frauds and scams.
Consumer Federation of America | visit site
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) is an association of non-profit consumer organizations that was established in 1968 to advance the consumer interest through research, advocacy, and education.
National Consumer League Fraud Center | visit site
The National Consumers League founded the National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) to help prevent and protect consumers from telemarketing fraud. The NFIC provides information and advice, and channels reports of online fraud to the right government agencies.
FakeChecks.org | visit site
This website was created by the National Consumers League (NCL), the nation's oldest nonprofit consumer organization, as a central source of information and advice about fake check scams.