If you are a consumer who has been defrauded or witnessed a company committing fraud, you may want to report the fraud or scam to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Additionally, depending on the type of fraud, there are other governing boards and agencies you can report the fraud to. Consumer fraud is a serious crime that happens regularly. When reported, it leads to investigations and better consumer awareness.
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Contact your local law enforcement agency and report the fraud. File a police report in the jurisdiction where the fraud took place or where the company operates. After filing your report, ask your law enforcement to which other agencies you can report the fraud. In some cases, you may want to file a consumer fraud report with the local FBI, especially if the fraud is committed by a company that operates out-of-state.
Determine the type of fraud and the company's primary industry. Find the appropriate governing boards or agencies specific to the type of fraud and industry. Report the fraud with these boards or agencies. For example, report automotive repair fraud to the agency overseeing auto repairs or shoddy home construction to a contractor's license board.
File a consumer fraud report with your state's attorney general. Most attorney general (AG) offices in the United States proactively solicit consumer victims to step forward. All state AGs take consumer fraud seriously and investigate consumer reports accordingly.
Send in a report to a consumer fraud awareness website, such as the Ripoff Report. Even if you do not see immediate results from reporting to law enforcement, you can make other consumers aware of a potentially dangerous company.
Tips and warnings
- Before reporting the fraud, take a moment to write down all the facts about the incident.
- If you have witnesses to the fraud, contact them to see if they will vouch or testify.
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