Scams affect everyone. And we mean everyone — your family, friends, and neighbors. Don’t believe us? Look at the data.
Find consumer protection data from the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network over at ftc.gov/exploredata. There, you can learn more about what the millions of reports across the United States tell us about topics like identity theft, unwanted calls, and other types of fraud. We’ve sliced and diced the data so you can get a deeper look at how fraud affects everyone. For instance, you can see how fraud affects people from different age groups differently, or the types of reports we get from military consumers.
Curious about what kinds of scams are in your neck of the woods? Check out this breakout by state or zoom all the way down into your nearest metro area. And, to give you the most accurate information and up-to-date data, our numbers are updated on a quarterly basis.
Still not convinced that this tool is for you? This video will get you ready to explore:
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Sometimes i wonder where all these complaints are going and if there is anything being done about them. Too much lawlessness going on, too many agencies going after the wrong people instead of the criminals. They continue to look for something in good people to criminalize them, instead of looking at the facts that paint the crime and who, what, where these corrupt criminals are and locking them up. We have created the saying...GOOD is called bad, and BAD is called good. Agencies are afraid of confronting corruption...
Can we also report phone calls from people we do not know that start with vulgar name calling and then go into saying yukkie sexual things and then hang up? I kept the phone number to report him and of course I don't know if it's his real number or something he hacked into. It is a CA number, however.
Thank you, FTC for sending reminders about scams. The number of scam phone calls I get now are greatly reduced since I changed phone numbers. It's disappointing that simply having a land-line phone makes one vulnerable to scam calls. Everyone should know about the website https://reportfraud.ftc.gov to report scams.
Please investigate the scam run by DishTV. They charge $120.00 each month, service is horrible, extend your contract at will, without notifying the customer, and ignores all customer requests to fix the poor performance of its Hooper and Joey.
The man that was explaining what to do about what's happening in my area with fraud, went too fast. I tried several times listening and gave up. Thank you
We really need to do something about job recruiter scams. Lately I've been getting calls from from 2 different scammers that are trying to use a well know temp agency as their front when they usually use business names that don't even show up on google search results. They hung up on me when I asked to speak to the supervisor. Nothing ever pans outs with the positions I'm offered and I give them fake birth month and day or last 4 of ssn. That's how I know it's a scam. Real temp agencies don't ask for that info to set up a profile...ever. It's beyond ridiculous.
I get all the messages all day, the PECO and S.S keep calling me every day and the same people are calling me do not call is out of the question, I just don’t know what to do anymore
Looks like a useful site. Everyone should report fraud to keep this site up to date and everyone informed.