Special Feature: Fraud Awareness - Prevention and Education

Publications and Online Materials

General Fraud Information

10 Things You Can Do To Avoid Fraud
Federal Trade Commission, July 2016

Combating Fraud in African American & Latino Communities: The FTC’s Comprehensive Strategic Plan
Federal Trade Commission, June 2016

Consumer Fraud in the United States, 2011: The Third FTC Survey
Federal Trade Commission, April 2013

Can You Spot a Scam? Test Your Knowledge of Common Frauds and their Warning Signs
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, FDIC Consumer News, Fall 2010

A Staff Report on the Federal Trade Commission's Fraud Forum
Federal Trade Commission, December 2009

FBI Fraud Alert Flyer
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2008

Consumer Education, Fraud Prevention and Legislative Action
U.S. Postal Inspection Service, November 2001

Fraud-Prevention Videos
United States Postal Inspection Service, Date not available

Frauds, Phonies, & Scams
Department of the Treasury, Date not available

Financial/Investment Fraud

Safe Internet Banking
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, July 2014

Financial Exploitation of the Elderly in a Consumer Context
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2014

Affinity Fraud: How To Avoid Investment Scams That Target Groups
Security and Exchange Commission, October 2013

Fake Checks
Federal Trade Commission, December 2012

Protecting Against Credit Card Fraud
Federal Trade Commission, July 2012

Auto Loan Modification Scams
Federal Trade Commission, April 2012

Investing in Bullion and Bullion Coins
Federal Trade Commission, May 2011

Investing in Gold
Federal Trade Commission, May 2011

Ask Questions: Questions You Should Ask About Your Investments
Security and Exchange Commission, January 2011

Check Fraud: A Guide to Avoiding Losses
Department of the Treasury, February 1999

Money Laundering Prevention
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Date not available

Securities Fraud Awareness & Prevention Tips
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Date not available

Health/Medicare Fraud

Protecting Yourself & Medicare from Fraud
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, August 2016

Common Types of Health Care Fraud
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, July 2016

Health Care Fraud: Types of Providers Involved in Medicare Cases, and CMS Efforts to Reduce Fraud
U.S. Government Accountability Office, November 2012

Health Fraud Awareness (video)
Food and Drug Administration, December 2009

Fight Back! Medical Identity Theft & Medicare Fraud
Department of Health and Human Services, October 2009

FDA 101: Health Fraud Awareness
Food and Drug Administration, May 2009

Identity Theft: Protect Yourself
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Date not available

Identity Theft

Victims of Identity Theft, 2014
Bureau of Justice Statistics, September 2015

Fighting Identity Theft with the Red Flags Rule: A How-To Guide for Business
Federal Trade Commission, May 2013

Safeguarding Your Child’s Future: Child Identity Theft
Federal Trade Commission, May 2012

Identity Theft Reported by Households, 2005-2010
Bureau of Justice Statistics, November 2011

The Presidents Identity Theft Task Force Report
Identity Theft Task Force, September 2008

For additional information and resources on identity theft, see In the Spotlight: Identity Theft.

Internet/Cyber Fraud

“Phishing” Fraud: How to Avoid Getting Fried by Phony Phishermen
Securities and Exchange Commission, September 2013

Computer Security
Federal Trade Commission, September 2011

Internet Fraud: How to Avoid Internet Investment Scams
Securities and Exchange Commission, February 2011

“Free” Security Scans
Federal Trade Commission, December 2008

Cybercrime Against Businesses, 2005
Bureau of Justice Statistics, September 2008

Don't Be an On-line Victim: How to Guard Against Internet Thieves and Electronic Scams
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Date not available

Mortgage/Loan Fraud

Mortgage Fraud Fact Sheet
Bureau of Justice Assistance, October 2012

2010 Mortgage Fraud Report
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2011

A Full Response to an Empty House: Public Safety Strategies for Addressing Mortgage Fraud and the Foreclosure Crisis
Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2010

Mortgage Loan Fraud: Loan Modification and Foreclosure Rescue Scams - Evolving Trends and Patterns in Bank Secrecy Act Reporting
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, May 2010

Burning Down the House: Mortgage Fraud and the Destruction of Residential Neighborhoods
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2010

Attacking Mortgage Fraud in Florida
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, June 2009

5 Tips for Avoiding Foreclosure Scams
The Federal Reserve Board, Date not available

Mortgage Fraud Online Toolkit
Office for Victims of Crime-Sponsored, Date not available

Other Types of Fraud

Cell Phone Fraud
Federal Communications Commission, November 2015

Tax Relief Companies
Federal Trade Commission, April 2013

Mass-Marketing Fraud
Mass-Marketing Fraud Subgroup/Cross Border Crime Forum, March 2008

Partnering with Faith Communities to Provide Elder Fraud Prevention, Intervention, and Victim Services
Office for Victims of Crime, April 2006

Avoid Being a Victim of Contractor Fraud
Federal Emergency Management Agency, November 2005

Mass Marketing Fraud - Awareness & Prevention Tips
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Date not available

Conduct a search of the NCJRS Abstracts Database for additional resources on this topic.

Other Resources

Delivering Trust/Delivering Justice
The U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service have created this site to provide consumers with access to free fraud education and prevention videos about identity theft, work-at-home scams, internet fraud, foreign lotteries, investment scams and more.

This website provides general information about consumer protection in all countries that belong to the International Consumer Protection Enforcement Network (ICPEN), contact information for consumer protection authorities in those countries, and an online complaint form.

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. See the Common Fraud Schemes page to learn about the most common scams the FBI encounters.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraud, deception and unfair business practices in the marketplace. FTC helps victims by enforcing federal consumer protection laws and by providing free information to help avoid fraud and deception in the marketplace. See the Scam Alerts page for information about scams on a variety of topics.

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.

Mortgage Fraud and Home Foreclosures: Community Impacts and Collaborative Responses
This page on the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) website highlights findings from a BJA-convened working group related to mortgage fraud and home foreclosures.

National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW)
NCPW is a coordinated campaign that encourages consumers nationwide to take full advantage of their consumer rights and make better-informed decisions. Through the NCPW site, individuals can find information on a variety of topics, order materials, and help share information about NCPW.

National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)
Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, NMVTIS is an on-line computer system designed to help protect states and consumers from automobile fraud and to provide law enforcement with new tools to investigate fraud, theft, and other crimes involving vehicles.

Stop Medicare Fraud
This joint website of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice highlights information about fraud, how to detect fraudulent activities, and how to protect against fraud.

Tax Fraud Alerts
This Internal Revenue Service website highlights tax-related scams and schemes.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission: Smartcheck
This site connects investors to tools to check the registration, license, and disciplinary history of certain financial professionals. This collection of tools allows the responsible investor to confirm the credentials of investment professionals, uncover any past disciplinary history, and stay ahead of scam artists with news and alerts.

U.S. Department of Justice: Fraud Section
The Fraud Section plays a unique and essential role in the Department's fight against sophisticated economic crime. Their site also provides tips to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of fraud as well as steps to take if a person becomes a victim of identity theft or fraud.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service
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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