How To Report Fraud

How To Report Elder Fraud

Step 1
Gather any evidence you possess of fraud that has been committed. You should refer to this evidence in your online or telephone report. After your initial report is filed, you may be asked to provide evidence.  Below is a checklist that be used to prepare a fraud report.  While fraud creates emotional consequences, it can cloud the facts in a case, making it harder to investigate. Objective reports may even be seen as more trustworthy than those that include a lot of opinion.  Do your best to remember important details such as:

  • Date of the incident.
  • Name of the criminal and the organization he claimed to represent.
  • If contact was made in person, provide a physical description.
  • Details of each transaction or contact with the criminal.
  • Number of times the criminal contacted or attempted to contact you.
  • Methods of contact (such as in person, phone, mail or Internet).

Step 2
Establish the type of fraud that was committed. Different state and government agencies investigate and police fraud. Common types of fraud include Internet, tax, financial, identity theft, stolen checks, fake businesses and Medicare.
To research the different types of possible fraud, visit consumerfraudreporting.org. Although this site caters mainly to fraud in the United States and Canada, there are links that help you to report fraud in other countries.

Step 3
Report the Crime to the Proper Authority
Please see below

Elder Fraud: The report of elder financial exploitation should be made to each state’s adult protective services, which can be accessed by the eldercare locator website.
Eldercare Locator
Phone: (800) 677-1116

Bankruptcy fraud:
Department of Justice, U.S. Trustee Program
Phone: http://www.justice.gov/ust/eo/ust_org/office_locator.htm
E-mail: USTP.Bankruptcy.Fraud@usdoj.gov

Computer-based fraud:
IC3 accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the person who believes they were defrauded or from a third party to the complainant.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3): File a Complaint
Online Form: https://complaint.ic3.gov/ctf.aspx
eConsumer.gov is a portal for consumers to report complaints about online and related transactions with foreign companies.
eConsumer.gov: Report Your Complaint
E-mail: econsumerwb@ftc.gov

Commodities, Investment and Securities Fraud:
You can file a complaint or provide the SEC with tips on potential securities law violations though the links on this page.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): Center for Complaints and Enforcement Tips
Online Form: www.sec.gov/complaint.shtml
Phone: (800) 732-0330
National Futures Association (NFA) is the industry wide, self-regulatory organization for the U.S. futures industry. They strive every day to develop rules, programs and services that safeguard market integrity, protect investors and help members meet their regulatory responsibilities.
National Futures Association
Online Form: http://www.nfa.futures.org/basicnet/Complaint.aspx
Phone: (800) 676-4632
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Identity Theft:
The Federal Trade Commission collects complaints about companies, business practices, identity theft, and episodes of violence in the media.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Complaint Assistant
Phone: 1-877-ID-THEFT (1-877-438-4338); TTY: 1-866-653-4261
Email Address (for complaints about spam or phishing): spam@uce.gov

Mail Fraud:
The Complaint Form allows you to send a complaint to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service if you suspect you are a victim of mail fraud.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)

Mass Marketing/Telemarketing Fraud:
If you have a complaint about any type of consumer fraud, including any type of mass-marketing fraud, you can file a complaint through a toll-free Consumer Help Line, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or online with the Federal Trade Commission
Federal Trade Commission
Phone: 1 (877) FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
Online Form: Mass Marketing Fraud Complaint Form

Medicare Fraud:
This Department of Health and Human Services Web site provides direction on what should be done if you suspect Medicare fraud.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service: How to Report Medicare Fraud
Phone: (800) 447-8477
Email Address: HHSTips@oig.hhs.gov

Mortgage Fraud or Loan Scams:
To file a complaint with the FBI contact the nearest FBI field office. Locations are listed at www.fbi.gov/contactus.htm or https://tips.fbi.gov/ or for major cases you can also report information by calling toll-free number 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Phone: 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324)
Online Tips: FBI Tips and Public Leads Form

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of the Inspector General Hotline
Phone: (800) 347-3735
Fax: (202) 708-4829
Email: hotline@hudoig.gov
Address: HUD OIG Hotline (GFI), 451 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20410
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of the Inspector General Hotline

PreventLoanScams.org:
A project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law that was launched to serve as a nationwide clearinghouse for loan modification scam information on complaints filed, laws and regulations, and enforcement actions. If you think you’ve been scammed or approached by a company or individual promising to help you with your foreclosure, report it today.
Website: PreventLoanScams.org
Phone: 1-888-995-HOPE

Retirement Plan Scams:
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Phone: (410) 962-9547 (not toll-free)
Fax: (410) 962-0132
Email: tegeepsheltercoord@irs.gov
Mail: Internal Revenue Service, EP Tax Shelter Coordinator, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Room 1542, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

 

The above data is based on information from the following sites:
http://www.stopfraud.gov/report.html#bankruptcy
http://www.wikihow.com/Report-Fraud

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