Special Feature: Fraud Awareness - Investigation and Enforcement

Publications and Online Materials

General Fraud Information

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book
Federal Trade Commission, Annual Report
Quick Facts: Theft, Property Destruction, and Fraud Offenses
U.S. Sentencing Commission, July 2017
Fraud Section Year in Review 2016
U.S. Department of Justice, January 2017
Combating Fraud in African American & Latino Communities: The FTC’s Comprehensive Strategic Plan
Federal Trade Commission, June 2016
International Consumer Complaints: January – December 2014
Federal Trade Commission, June 2015
Consumer Fraud in the United States, 2011: The Third FTC Survey
Federal Trade Commission, April 2013
A Staff Report on the Federal Trade Commission's Fraud Forum
Federal Trade Commission, December 2009

Financial/Investment Fraud

Quick Facts: Counterfeiting
U.S. Sentencing Commission, September 2017
Quick Facts: Tax Fraud
U.S. Sentencing Commission, September 2017
Quick Facts: Credit Card Fraud
U.S. Sentencing Commission, March 2017
Quick Facts: Securities and Investment Fraud
U.S. Sentencing Commission, March 2017
College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000: Annual Report to Congress, 2012
U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and Federal Trade Commission, November 2012
Financial Crimes Report to the Public: Fiscal Years 2010-2011
Federal Bureau of Investigation, February, 2012
Identifying Fraud, Abuse, and Error in Personal Bankruptcy Filings
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, June 2007
Financial Institution Fraud and Failure Report, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Date not available

Health/Medicare Fraud

Portal to Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Annual Reports
U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice, Annual Report
State and Local White Collar Crime Program: State Regulatory Agency Statutes For Selected Offenses (Volume I And II)
Bureau of Justice Statistics-Sponsored, July 2017
Quick Facts: Health Care Fraud
U.S. Sentencing Commission, March 2017
Laws Against Health Care Fraud
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, September 2015
Health Care Fraud: Types of Providers Involved in Medicare Cases, and CMS Efforts to Reduce Fraud
U.S. Government Accountability Office, November 2012

Internet/Cyber Fraud

Internet Crime Annual Reports
Internet Crime Complaint Center, Annual
Examining the Structure, Organization, and Processes of the International Market for Stolen Data
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2014
Cybercrime Against Businesses, 2005
Bureau of Justice Statistics, September 2008

Mortgage/Loan Fraud

Mortgage Loan Fraud Update: Suspicious Activity Report Filings
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Quarterly Report
Quick Facts: Mortgage Fraud
U.S. Sentencing Commission, March 2017
Mortgage Fraud Fact Sheet
Bureau of Justice Assistance, October 2012
2010 Mortgage Fraud Report
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2011
Homeownership Preservation: Federal Efforts to Combat Foreclosure Rescue Schemes Are Under Way, but Improved Planning Elements Could Enhance Progress
Government Accountability Office, July 2010
A Full Response to an Empty House: Public Safety Strategies for Addressing Mortgage Fraud and the Foreclosure Crisis
Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2010
Burning Down the House: Mortgage Fraud and the Destruction of Residential Neighborhoods
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2010

Other Types of Fraud

Quick Facts: Government Benefits Fraud
U.S. Sentencing Commission, March 2017
Stolen Identity Refund Fraud
U.S. Department of Justice, October 2016
Victims of Identity Theft, 2014
Bureau of Justice Statistics, September 2015
Prescription Drug Fraud and Misuse
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, April 2013
Investigative Uses of Technology: Devices, Tools, and Techniques
National Institute of Justice, June 2007
Education and Training in Fraud and Forensic Accounting: A Guide for Educational Institutions, Stakeholder Organizations, Faculty, and Students
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2007

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Other Resources

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
BJA provides leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. As part of these efforts, BJA supports different programs and initiatives including the following:
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Cyber Crime
The FBI works to prevent criminals, sexual predators, and others intent on malicious destruction from using the internet and online services to steal from, defraud, and otherwise victimize citizens, businesses, and communities.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): White Collar Crime Unit
The FBI White Collar Crime Unit works to investigate schemes of deliberate deception, provides the public with information on protection from common scams, and describes what should be done if a person feels they have been victimized.
Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF)/StopFraud.gov
Established in November 2009 and made up of more than 20 federal agencies, 94 US Attorneys Offices and state and local partners, FFETF is improving efforts to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, recover proceeds for victims and address financial discrimination in the lending and financial markets.
In the Spotlight: Identity Theft
This NCJRS online resource offers a briefing on identity theft and phishing; points to important publications, statistics, legislation, and training opportunities; and offers links to other resources.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at all levels, IC3 offers a central repository for complaints related to internet fraud, works to quantify fraud patterns, and provides timely statistical data of current fraud trends.
National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF)
NCDF is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice and various law enforcement and regulatory agencies to form a national coordinating agency to improve and further the detection, prevention, investigation, and prosecution of fraud related to natural and man-made disasters, and to advocate for the victims of such fraud.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Through a variety of initiatives and units, such as the following, DOJ provides federal leadership in the prevention and control of different forms of crime, including those that relate to fraud:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Identity and Benefit Fraud
ICE places a high priority on investigating document/identity and benefit fraud. These types of fraud pose a severe threat to national security and public safety because they create a vulnerability that may enable terrorists, criminals and illegal aliens to gain entry to and remain in the United States.
U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
The mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is to protect the U.S. Postal Service, secure the nation's mail system and ensure public trust in the mail through consumer awareness, and investigation of mail fraud.

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