Report Scams & Fraud with Authorities| Scam Watch Resource Center

Did you get scammed? We have rounded up the best places to file a complaint and the advantages of using FraudTrac for extra security.

Report Scams & Fraud with Authorities| Scam Watch Resource Center

Report Scams and Fraud

Whether you have been scammed online or via mail, state authorities and federal agencies have distributed duties to fight fraud. Figuring out where to file a complaint about each type of crime can be challenging.

That is why we have created a list to nudge you in the right direction. Before we begin, remember that most regulatory agencies do not address individual consumer reports. They only create databases for law enforcement agencies. This information enables them to identify patterns, open investigations, and pursue repeated offenders.

Here are the top places to report scams and fraud:

Local Government

If you lost money or assets due to a scam (offline and online), you must file a complaint with your local police. Additionally, contact the state consumer protection office for more support.

File a Complaint on a Federal Level

Think you’re part of a bigger statewide scam? Lost thousands of dollars because of a con artist? Feel free to report the crime to the federal government. These agencies keep a record of your complaints to track patterns and identify nationwide criminal activity.

Even though regulatory agencies don’t recover your money, they do stop crime on a larger scale. Each filed complaint brings them a step closer to the criminal. Use the official federal agency directory to file a complaint. Avoid using agency contact details provided in scam messages and fake emails. These will only lead you to government imposters that misuse your information.

Reporting Common Consumer Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) functions as the primary regulatory agency for scam reports. You can use the to file a complaint online. Alternatively, you can call them at 1-877-382-4357 during business hours (9:00 AM – 8:00 PM). The FTC gathers all types of scam reports. These include, but are not restricted to, complaints against phone scams, phishing, IT support scams, imposter fraud, fake checks, sweepstake offers, scholarship scams/student loan fraud, and random demands for financial transactions (via wire transfers, gift cards or checks).
Is someone misusing your identity?
Visit the official site or contact the support team via phone at 1-877-438-4338. Communication lines are open from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM (ET).

Are You a Victim of COVID-19 scam/Emergency Scam?

Many criminals take advantage of national emergencies and natural disasters to exploit vulnerable victims. If something like this has happened to you

(or your loved one), you should report the crime immediately.

File a complaint against fraud at the National Center for Disaster Fraud.

Other Regulatory Agencies:

These are a handful of resources for scam watchers. FraudTrac helps you connect with more by serving as a medium between you and authorities.

Why Choose FraudTrac?

FraudTrac acts as a user-friendly platform to file a complaint and fight fraud. We keep the general public informed about ongoing scams and existing cybercrimes to protect them from potential threats. Additionally, we work with good Samaritans to gather essential information regarding these activities.
Your reports can be the missing link required to stop crime in your area.

If required, we share this information with local authorities and regulatory agencies.

Contact us today to get justice for yourself and the state.