Identifying and Reporting Consumer Frauds and Scams
Consumer Fraud Reporting is an free online service to warn consumers about specific types of financial and other scams via the internet and provide a means to report scams and fraud.
In addition to thousands of actual examples of scam letters, emails, faxes and transcripts of phone conversations to help you identify a scam, we have many pages of concise lists of contact information, links, phone numbers and guidance to help you report the scam to the proper authorities, and to try to recover your loss.
To keep up to date on the types of scams in global circulation we stay in regular contact with overseas consumer agencies. If you are interested in a breakdown on the most recent FBI reports of Internet Fraud, Scam and Crime Statistics, see this page.
Consumer Fraud Reporting is fully independent and objective; it is not a government agency or affiliated with any government; we act as an information exchange to help raise public awareness about scams and to help to bring them to the attention of the proper enforcement authorities. Unfortunately, we do not have enforcement powers over local or overseas scams; but we aim to help you to find the proper enforcement agency! We also try to present the facts in a simple, clear, and hopefully, interesting manner!
- What to do if you think you have already been the victim of a fraud or identity theft.
- State and Local Consumer Protection Agencies, Master List for the
United States - If you are looking for the best local consumer protection agency to use to report a scam, seek advice, to obtain assistance in resolving a dispute, this list has the contact information!
- Local FBI Office Listings to find the closest FBI office to report a crime or scam.
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- Recommendations about which products work best for anti-spyware, anti-adware, ant-virus, etc. and links to discounted prices.
- Guidance about how to protect yourself
- Links, phone numbers and sign up information for the National Do-Not-Call List and the credit card offers opt-out list
- Resources lists and guides - see this page for many more resources, such as lists of domain extensions for other countries, telephone country codes, area codes, etc.
- Notices of class action lawsuits, settlements and court cases regarding scams.
- Online server backup Ensure that your files are safe and protected
- The Top 10 list of scams - see which scams are affecting the most people
What Sort of Scams Do We Report On?