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You can help the FTC and its partners fight fraud in your community — and you don’t even need to wear a superhero cape (unless you want to). Your story is your superpower. When you tell the FTC about frauds, scams, and other kinds of bad business practices, you’re helping the FTC and our law enforcement partners 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.


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 tell us what happened, you’ll get advice from ReportFraud.ftc.gov on what you can do next to recover and protect yourself against fraud. Want to see how it works? Watch this “How To” video.


Why report fraud? Because your report can make a difference. We use reports like yours to investigate, bring law enforcement cases, and alert people about what frauds to be on the lookout for so they can protect themselves, their friends, and family. The FTC also uses reports to share data about what is happening in your community. You can check out what is going on in your state or metro area by visiting ftc.gov/exploredata.


Help us spread the word. By encouraging people to tell the FTC about their experience in English at ReportFraud.ftc.gov and in Spanish at ReporteFraude.ftc.gov you’re helping fight fraud in your community. Thank you — and keep up the good work, superheroes! 

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The purpose of this blog and its comments section is to inform readers about Federal Trade Commission activity, and share information to help them avoid, report, and recover from fraud, scams, and bad business practices. Your thoughts, ideas, and concerns are welcome, and we encourage comments. But keep in mind, this is a moderated blog. We review all comments before they are posted, and we won’t post comments that don’t comply with our commenting policy. We expect commenters to treat each other and the blog writers with respect.

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mike h
October 22, 2020
Please be clear - should we report only if we've lost money or also if we know 'it'( eMail,telephone, text, regular mail) is a 'scam'( obviously fake/lie/deceit ).
FTC Staff
October 22, 2020

In reply to by mike h

If you spot a fraud, scam or bad business practice, please report it, even if you didn't send money. The FTC uses reports to share data about what is happening in your community, and to investigate, bring law enforcement cases, and alert people about current frauds.

farmers daughter
October 22, 2020

In reply to by FTC Staff

I get at least 2 or 3 of these scam requests daily. Do I really report them all?
OpGrylrd
October 22, 2020
Does ReportFraud.ftc.gov investigate "fraud upon the court" incidents by lawyers who defraud their clients?
FTC Staff
October 22, 2020

In reply to by OpGrylrd

You may want to talk to your state or local bar association about a problem you have with a lawyer.

 

OpGrylrd
October 22, 2020
Does REPORTFRAUD.ftc.gov investigate Honest Service Fraud?
Donold person'…
October 22, 2020
I wish you had a phone number.
Dee M.
October 22, 2020
I frequently get imposter emails. Pretending to be Amazon or other retailers. It would be easier to have an email address to forward these to.
Livia
October 22, 2020
Will we be notified of the outcome of the investigation we report?
FTC Staff
October 27, 2020

In reply to by Livia

When you report a problem to the FTC and give your email address, you’ll get advice from ReportFraud.ftc.gov on what you can do next to recover and protect yourself against fraud. Law enforcement agencies generally do not share information about active investigations.

Cold_fLames
October 25, 2020
hello, i was scammed three times already and i have reported one only. can i ask if i have reposted this is my money will recover too? i lost lots of money because the scammer took it all.
FTC Staff
October 27, 2020

In reply to by Cold_fLames

The FTC does not handle individual cases for people. We use reports like yours to investigate, bring law enforcement cases, and to send alerts to people about fraud. Sometimes people get money back because of an FTC case, but that does not happen for every person who reports a fraud, scam or unfair business practice.