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Special Feature: Fraud Awareness - Resources for Victims

How to Report Fraudulent Activities

The Report Fraud section of the Federal government’s 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:

Publications and Online Materials

General Fraud Information

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

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

Fraud Victimization--The Extent, the Targets, the Effects
National Institute of Justice, February 1995

Financial/Investment Fraud

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

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

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

Check and Card Fraud
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, July 2004

Credit, ATM and Debit Cards: What to do if They're Lost or Stolen
Federal Trade Commission, June 2002

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

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

Internet/Cyber Fraud

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

Don't Be A Victim Of Loan Fraud
Department of Housing and Urban Development, October 2003

Other Types of Fraud

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

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

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

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

Cell Phone Fraud
Federal Communications Commission, November 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

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

Other Resources

DEFEND: Recover From Identity Theft
This online resources provides guidance on the steps to respond to and recover from identity theft as soon as a person suspects they have become a victim.

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.

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.

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)/  
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.

Identity Theft and Identity Fraud
This Department of Justice Web site focuses on the crimes of identity theft and identity fraud and what should be done to prevent becoming victimized by these offenses.

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

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

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