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CHIPS Articles: Reporting fraud to the Federal Trade Commission allows complaints to be shared with over 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies

Reporting fraud to the Federal Trade Commission allows complaints to be shared with over 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies
By CHIPS Magazine - November 3, 2020
With the explosion of scams unleashed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, chances are you have been a victim of fraud or you know someone who has. Did you know you can fight against fraud in your community? When you report a scam or bad business practice to the FTC, you’re helping the FTC and law enforcement agencies spot and stop scams. To make it easier, the FTC just launched ReportFraud.ftc.gov — a new version of the FTC’s consumer reporting website.

The FTC advises by following a few short steps on ReportFraud.ftc.gov, your report is instantly available to more than 3,000 federal, state, and local law enforcers across the country. After you make a report, you’ll get advice from ReportFraud.ftc.gov on what you can do next to recover and protect yourself against fraud, according to the FTC.

Watch the FTC’s “How To” video: http://youtu.be/IoKTR4QR6-w

The FTC uses reports to investigate, bring law enforcement cases, and alert people about the types of fraud they should guard against. You can see what is going on in your state or metro area by visiting ftc.gov/exploredata.

Help the FTC by encouraging people to report their experience in English at ReportFraud.ftc.gov or in Spanish at ReporteFraude.ftc.gov

ReportFraud.ftc.gov image by the Federal Trade Commission
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