Scam and Spam

Why Should You Report Fraud?

By March 15, 2017 No Comments

We’ve all gotten that scam call. Or email. Or text. Even if you’ve never been scammed, you’ve probably been targeted. The fact is, scammers see you as a dollar sign; by targeting everyone, they’re bound to find a few willing to give up their money, social security number, or credit card info.

So what do you do if you’re targeted for a scam? Talk about it! Tell your brother, your neighbor, your friend. Chances are, they’ve had the same experience. Better yet, you could help them avoid falling into the same trap. After you’ve shared your experience with those you know, report it to the FTC.

The FTC investigators use every bit of information reported to build cases against scammers so they can sue them. What you give them could be the tipping point to shutting down an entire scam operation. It’s not just the FTC, either. Other government agencies can use this information as well, so every little detail counts.

To report fraud to the FTC, go to FTC.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.

The other side to this story, of course, is those who DO fall victim to the scam. When you’re a victim of identity theft, there are resources available for you to get resolution. The Identity Theft Resource Center is a wealth of information including guides, how-tos, and letter templates to use in all cases of ID theft: Financial, Governmental, Medical, and Criminal.

You can also keep up with the latest data breaches, scams, and privacy protection on the ITRC’s website and blog. They’re available to email, live chat, or call via their website.

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