Resources

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

National Do Not Call Registry
https://www.donotcall.gov/
“Your registration will not expire. Telephone numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry will remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, which became law in February 2008. Read more about it at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2008/04/dncfyi.shtm. The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls at home. Most telemarketers should not call your number once it has been on the registry for 31 days. If they do, you can file a complaint at this Website. You can register your home or mobile phone for free.”

Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Bureau of Consumer Protection
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/index.shtml
“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:

  • Enhances consumer confidence by enforcing federal laws that protect consumers
  • Empowers consumers with free information to help them exercise their rights and spot and avoid fraud and deception
  • Wants to hear from consumers who want to get information or file a complaint about fraud or identity theft “

United State Postal Inspection Service
https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/
“U.S. Postal Inspectors investigate any crime in which the U.S. Mail is used to further a scheme–whether it originated in the mail, by telephone, or on the Internet. The use of the U.S. Mail is what makes it mail fraud.

“If evidence of a postal violation exists, Postal Inspectors may seek prosecutive or administrative action against the violator. However, if money is lost through a fraudulent scheme conducted via the mail, Postal Inspectors lack the authority to ensure you receive a refund and can’t require that products, services, or advertisements–on the Internet or elsewhere–be altered.

“Postal Inspectors base investigations of mail fraud on the number, pattern, and substance of complaints received from the public. The Postal Inspection Service will carefully review the information you provide. We may share the information with other agencies when there is a possible violation within their jurisdiction.”

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB)
http://www.consumerfinance.gov/
Congress established the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) through the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act).

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
http://www.sec.gov/index.htm

 

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES

USA.gov
http://www.usa.gov/index.shtml
“Government Made Easy”

Frauds and Scams
http://www.fraudsandscams.com/
“Crimes of persuasion — an investigator’s resource”

The FBI – Common Fraud Schemes
http://www.fbi.gov/scams-safety/fraud

Consumer Fraud Reporting
http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/current_top_10_scam_list.htm
Reporting on the Latest Frauds, Scams, Fake Lotteries, Spams and Hoaxes

Federal Reserve Consumer Help
http://www.federalreserveconsumerhelp.gov/learnmore/frauds-and-scams.cfm
If you have a problem with a bank or other financial institution, contact the Federal Reserve for help.

Ripoff Report
https://www.ripoffreport.com/
“Ripoff ReportĀ® is a worldwide consumer reporting Web site and publication, by consumers, for consumers, to file and document complaints about companies or individuals. While we encourage and even require authors to only file truthful reports, Ripoff Report does not guarantee that all reports are authentic or accurate. Be an educated consumer. Read what you can and make your decision based upon an examination of all available information. Unlike the Better Business Bureau, Ripoff Report does not hide reports of “satisfied” complaints. ALL complaints remain public and unedited in order to create a working history on the company or individual in question.”

ScamDex
http://www.scamdex.com/
“Scamdex is all about ‘Get Rich Quick’ Scams, Spoof Websites, Bogus Lottery Winnings, Spoof Phishing Emails from Banks, Scam Emails from African Dictators (and their wives), Dating Scams, Pet Scams, Dodgy Product Scams, Lottery Scams, Work-from-home Job Scams, Classified Ad and online Auction Scams and all other Identity Theft and Internet Fraud.Our mission is to collect, classify and index Internet scams and scam emails as fast as they appear, making them available for viewing within one hour of being received.”

Fraud Avengers
http://fraudavengers.org/scams/
“Pros preventing cons.”

Internet Scams Uncovered
http://www.stodan.com/
“Have you ever been a victim of an online fraud? This site hopes to shine some light on some cheaters hiding on the internet.”
This website has a wealth of information on online fraud: Auction Fraud, Business Internet Fraud, Credit Card Scams, eBay Internet Fraud, FBI Internet Fraud, Identity Fraud, Internet Check Fraud, Internet Investment Scams, Nigeria Internet Fraud, Vacation Scams, Email Scams, Internet Dating Scams, and Phishing Scams. Quite a resource.