How To Report Fraud
Unfortunately, it is likely that most people will need to know how to report fraud. There are many different types of fraud including fraud by mail, tax evasion, credit card fraud, identity theft, etc. The most import thing for victims to do is to remain calm, write down what happened, and contact the appropriate agencies.
- Call the bank or credit card company. It is important to contact the issuing credit card company or the bank involved in order to reduce potential loss. Most banks and credit card companies have procedures in place to help consumers deal with fraud.
- Visit your local police station or call. Please do not dial an emergency number unless there is imminent physical danger. The local police department can be a valuable resource.
- Contact the post office in regards to fraud involving the mail. Fill out a fraud complaint at the post office. Also contact the state's Attorney General. It may also be feasible to contact the originating post office as well (if known).
- Report fraud involving the internet to the FBI. They have established an internet fraud complaint center.
- Contact local newspapers and radio stations. Sometimes it is good to get the word out about fraudulent people or companies. It can warn potential victims and may allow police and other agencies to find other victims.
Fraud involving identity theft should be reported to all three credit bureaus as soon as possible.
Please do not be too embarrassed to report fraud. It will take long. There is nothing to be ashamed about. Fault lies with the perpetrator.