Special Feature: Fraud Awareness - Resources for Victims and Service Providers

How to Report Fraudulent Activities

The Report Fraud section of the Federal government’s StopFraud.gov provides links to online forms and phone numbers that can be used to report specific types of fraud to Federal agencies. Similarly, following are some direct links to sites that provide information about and the means to report cases of suspected fraud:

Online Toolkits

Assisting Victims of Mortgage Fraud Online Toolkit
With support from the Office for Victims of Crime, the National Crime Prevention Council created this toolkit to educate victim service providers, attorneys, and other allied organizations of the many types of crimes, frauds, and schemes associated with mortgage fraud and how to best serve its victims.

ID Theft Toolkit
The National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network, with funding from the Office for Victims of Crime, created this toolkit for victim advocates, attorneys, law enforcement officers, and others involved in assisting victims of identity theft.

Publications and Other Materials

National Victim Assistance Academy Resource Paper: Identity Theft
Office for Victims of Crime-Sponsored, September 2012

Lost or Stolen Credit, ATM, and Debit Cards
Federal Trade Commission, August 2012

Extended Fraud Alerts and Credit Freezes
Federal Trade Commission, July 2012

Statement of Rights for Identity Theft Victims
Federal Trade Commission & Office for Victims of Crime, July 2011

Financial Abuse of Elderly People vs. Other Forms of Elder Abuse: Assessing Their Dynamics, Risk Factors, and Society's Response
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, February 2011

Consumer Rights Screening Tool for Domestic Violence Advocates and Lawyers
Office for Victims of Crime-Sponsored, 2011

Expanding Services To Reach Victims of Identity Theft and Financial Fraud
Office for Victims of Crime, October 2010

Victims of Fraud: Beyond Financial Loss
Office for Victims of Crime, March 2007

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

Financial Crimes Against the Elderly
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, August 2004

Victims of Fraud and Economic Crime: Results and Recommendations from an OVC Focus Group Meeting
Office for Victims of Crime, May 2000

Providing Services to Victims of Fraud: Resources for Victim/Witness Coordinators
Office for Victims of Crime, July 1998

Rights, Roles, and Responsibilities: A Handbook for Fraud Victims Participating in the Federal Criminal Justice System
Office for Victims of Crime, 1998

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

Other Resources

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.

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.

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
For victims of Internet fraud, IC3 provides a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of a suspected criminal or civil violation.

National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN)
Sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), NITVAN is a network of coalitions across the country, engaged in creating, enhancing, and delivering identity theft victim assistance training and outreach to improve the ability of the coalition members to provide direct victim assistance services.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Directory of Crime Victim Services
The OVC Directory of Crime Victim Services provides a means for service providers and individuals to locate nonemergency crime victim services in the United States and abroad for various crimes.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): Fraud and Identity Theft
This section of the OVC site provides information and resources on rights and services afforded to victims of identity theft and identity fraud.

Office for Victims of Crime (OVC): HELP for Victim Service Providers
The OVC HELP for Victim Service Providers Web Forum is a place where victim service providers and allied professionals can connect to peers, share ideas about best practices, and help change lives. View the transcripts from the following topical past sessions and sign up for the Web Forum E-Alert to receive information about future sessions:

Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC)
OVC TTAC serves as a gateway to current training and technical assistance for victim service providers and allied professionals who serve crime victims.

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