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Scams come in many forms: texts, emails, letters, and lots of calls. Scammers plot schemes from tech support scams to fake check scams to try to knock us off balance just long enough to take advantage. They want to get our money and personal information, like account numbers and our Social Security number. How can we fight back? By sharing your story and reporting what happened to the FTC.

Telling your story can help your friends, your family, your community and others avoid those scams. That keeps money in their pockets and their information out of the hands of criminals. And reporting those scams to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov helps our investigators use your information to build cases against scammers – and helps stop them.

Want to learn more about reporting fraud? Watch this video.

Why report fraud?

Want to learn more about the top fraud reports we’re seeing? Visit ftc.gov/exploredata to check out what people have been reporting.

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Why must someone incur a monetary loss & report it to the FTC? People are intelligent to evaluate all of their texts, emails, letters, telephone & cell phone calls.
If the message would fall int a 'Probably Scam' category, why couldn't be reported.
The FTC at this point is reactive, not proactive.

You can report anything you think may be a fraud, scam, or bad business practice, even if you did not lose money. 

Report something whether you think it’s a scam, or know it is. If you’re not happy about a business practice, tell the FTC. The FTC and its law enforcement partners enforce a variety of laws. Your report makes a difference and can help law enforcers spot problems.

Keep secure persoanal information...

I just filed a complaint against MyLife.com. A friend of mine received a phone call from them stating that her "reputation was at risk". She did not know who they were, so found them online and was horrified at what she found. She sent an email to everyone she knows including me about this site. I did the same using my name and my disabled veteran husband's name and we too were horrified! This site gives ALL of your personal and financial information and I mean ALL! We also found ourselves connected to spouses of 39 years ago and all of THEIR relatives that we do not know! This association with these ex-spouses and THEIR relatives including CRIMINAL HISTORIES by them and tied to US! Anyone can log on to this website, type in your name and steal your identity with one click! This site needs to be shut down as negligent and grievous. This is an opportunity for ID thieves to steal your identity so easily it almost made me vomit!

Been there, done it at least 3 times over the past ten years. Never heard from the FTC, never heard that any of the spammers, et al, had been prosecuted. So, tell me what the point of my reporting it was?

If you give your email when you submit a report, you'll get a response from the FTC with information to help you respond to the problem you reported. 

The FTC isn't able to give updates on reports that have been filed or respond to each report individually. If the FTC files an enforcement action and gets money back for people, the agency will try to contact those who filed reports, as well as others who lost money.

Learn more about the FTC resonse system by reading these FAQs about ReportFraud.FTC.gov.

Is the FTC interested in phone numbers and names that appear on Caller I.D. even if we don't answer those calls? As a result, we have no evidence of attempted fraud to report. Nevertheless, these calls are annoying! Often we'll see names on Caller I.D. that appear one time only. Other times, the same name will appear several times a day for several days. Another recent trend has been use of phone numbers on our landline's Caller I.D. that display the same first three numbers as those common to our area or the first three numbers of our family plan mobile phones. Even our own names and phone numbers have appeared on Caller I.D.! Is there a way to trace these, or is it pointless to try?

Yes, please report those unwanted calls, even if you don't answer. 

When you file a report, choose the category "Just An Annoying Call." You can use the streamlined form to report an unwanted call like an illegal robocall. The form has some extra questions that could help the FTC bring cases, but you can choose how much information you give. 

The FTC collects the phone numbers people report and releases them each business day. This helps telecommunications carriers and other industry partners that are building call blocking tools based on databases of phone numbers that have been reported as the source of illegal calls.

I received a call today saying that a $1000 charge was may to card on file with Amazon. I was told by a robatel to dial a 1 than a 2 to clear up this possible false charge. A live person came on line and wanted information I said I would call Amazon and they hung up.

You can report that at www.ReportFraud.FTC.gov. 

My identity was stolen and the fraud is ongoing.. thieves changed my address online with USPS. USPS change of address needs additional safeguards against this

You can report that at www.ReportFraud.FTC.gov.

what is the customer reports the fraud to the police and a report is filled? If filed with the FTC, is the bank legally obligated to remove the collection?

No, the FTC will not share any information you give us with the company you file a report about.

When you report something, your information goes into a secure online database that’s available to local, state, and federal law enforcement. 

apologies, I don't think I was clear. The scenario is: person has filed a police report and filed a letter claiming fraud with the FTC. Then that person mails the report and letter to the bank demanding the item be removed from the credit report. He also files a notice with the credit bureaus and uses his police report and FTC filing as documentation. Is the bank required to remove the item even though they are 100% positive it wasn't fraud?

If you file an identity theft report at www.IdentityTheft.gov, you will create an FTC Identity Theft Report.

You can send a copy of the Identity Theft Report to a credit bureau to ask it to remove fraudulent information from your credit report. Credit bureaus must honor that request when you have an Identity Theft Report. Read more on this page.

If someone misused one of your existing accounts, or opened a new account in your name, you can send a letter to the company. There are sample letters on this page of Identity Theft Recovery Steps.

 

I’m glad they got caught up with because they kept on trying to get me to join but I had a feeling something wasn’t right. So glad I didn’t join thanks for catching these crooks

I just received a call from someone who said he was from social security and that they have located a vehicle abandoned in Texas affiliated with my social security number. The call came in on a local line. You could tell he was a scam artist however he did have my name. I told him I was reporting this phone call

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