Breakthroughs in technology and the globalization of commerce have provided a new arsenal of weapons to defraud consumers. Personal data can be used by criminals to profit at a victim’s expense or even commit a crime under the victim’s name.
Scammers will often pretend to be someone trustworthy, like a government official, family member, or charity in their efforts to defraud others. Technology has opened up new avenues for them to do so.
- The Brooke Astor Story: Hard-Learned Lessons that Address Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation
- January 18, 2018 | 1 p.m. ET
- Global Fraud Conference
- June 17-22, 2018 | Las Vegas, NV
Publications and Resources
- Financial Crime
- This fact sheet presents information about and trends associated with different types of financial crime, including fraud and identity theft.
- Scam Alerts
- This section of the Federal Trade Commission site highlights current scams being used to defraud victims.
- This Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force website highlights efforts to prevent and respond to cases of fraud and captures ways for victims to report different types of fraud.