Consumer Safety Resources from the Government on SPAM, Scams, Fraud, Phishing and Identity Theft

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In the last 2 days, I have received at least 3 fraudulent solicitations via U.S. mail and who knows how many via e-mail. While I’ve gotten pretty good at detecting spam scams, it can be harder with physical mail solicitations.

The origin of the fraudulent solicitations I received were very different in nature — a crafts product testing club, an automobile warranty service and a “Title Compliance Board” — but they all had two things in common: they wanted me to pay hundreds of dollars for things they will never deliver or for something I could get myself for about $5 (my property deed), and they came in very convincing looking packages.

So I thought I’d christen this Identity Protection and Fraud Prevention Week here at Pecuniarities and follow-up my last 2 posts:

with a compilation of links information on fraud prevention.

I’ve spent the majority of this week working on this list where you will find almost 100 links to online resources provided and recommended by the government to teach you how to protect yourself from the rampant greed of the physical- and cyber-world. Topics covered include how to recognize, avoid, report and recover from scams and frauds of all sorts.

Click on the Table of Contents link below for a preview of the topics covered in this list.

If you don’t have the time to go through all this information right now, be sure and bookmark this page so you can refer to it should the need arise. And please share this page with your friends and family!

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Consumer Safety and Fraud Prevention Resources

These government websites offer information on just about everything related to life in the United States, but I decided to focus mostly on financial fraud or white collar crime prevention. Each branch of the government specializes in investigations of specific types of crime and fraud.

General Consumer Fraud (All types)

Health and Medical Fraud

Financial Fraud


Scams and fraud committed through —

Identity Theft

SPAM, Phishing, E-mail & Internet Fraud

If you get spam email that you think is deceptive, forward it to The FTC uses the spam stored in this database to pursue law enforcement actions against people who send deceptive email.

Identity Truth

Fraud & Scam Alerts

Many sites offer updated alerts about current known scams, frauds and computer related security issues, and several provide RSS and/or E-mail updates so consumers can stay up-to-date with new warnings. As with the above, different branches of the government specialize in different types of activity.

Reporting Frauds, Scams & Other Crimes

For better assistance, choose the most appropriate department to report scams. For example, to report a scholarship fraud, contact the Department of Education (ED).

Make certain that you read the instructions before filing your complaint.



Scams and frauds relating to —


Victim Assistance

Contacting Government Agencies

Contact information for federal, state and regional consumer protection and law enforcement agencies

Non-Government Resources

Credit Reports and Bureaus

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Important information from the Federal Trade Commission
, the nation’s consumer protection agency: is the ONLY authorized online source for you to get a free credit report under federal law. You can get a free report from each of the three national credit reporting companies every 12 months. Some other sites claim to offer “free” credit reports, but may charge you for another product if you accept a “free” report.

Contact these credit bureaus immediately upon discovery of identity fraud.

  • Equifax Credit Information Services – Consumer Fraud Div.
    P.O. Box 105496
    Atlanta, Georgia 30348-5496
    Tel: (800) 997-2493
    Equifax Credit Watch Gold with 3-in-1 Monitoring
  • Experian
    P.O. Box 2104
    Allen, Texas 75013-2104
    Tel: (888) EXPERIAN (397-3742)
  • Trans Union Fraud Victim Assistance Dept.
    P.O. Box 390
    Springfield, PA 19064-0390
    Tel: (800) 680-7289

International Consumer Safety Government Websites

(English Speaking Countries)

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