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In our experience, the solutions offered in this section have proven to be effective; however, we always recommend that you consult with an attorney.

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U.S. Federal Jurisdictions:


This page: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The US Secret Service 

The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)  

The U.S. Attorney's Office  

The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division (IRS-CID)



When and how to contact



The Federal Trade Commission (FTC):

In brief

The Federal Trade Commission enforces a variety of Federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The Commission seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively, and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. 

The Commission also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. In general, the Commission's efforts are directed toward stopping actions that threaten consumers' opportunities to exercise informed choice. 

Finally, the Commission undertakes economic analysis to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Congress, the Executive Branch, other independent agencies, and state and local governments when requested.

In addition to carrying out its statutory enforcement responsibilities, the Commission advances the policies underlying Congressional mandates through cost-effective non-enforcement activities, such as consumer education. 


When to Contact the FTC:

When you have knowledge of or evidence of:

  • Telemarketing fraud

  • Product labeling fraud

  • Identity Theft

  • Billing for services fraud

  • Consumer Fraud

  • International Telephone Billing Scams

  • For more information on crimes covered by the FTC, please click to 

How to contact the FTC:

The FTC does not perform investigations on behalf of an individual per se.  It collects information about fraudulent business practices and turns the information over to the proper law enforcement agency.  To learn more about how the FTC works an investigation, please click to


There are 3 ways to contact the FTC:

  • Phone: toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357)

  • Write to the FTC at 

Federal Trade Commission
Washington, D.C. 20580

If you are calling in a tip that you suspect someone of a violation, before you call write down what you want to say or make some of notes so you remember everything you want to report.  There are few things more frustrating than remembering information you wanted to hand over after you've hung up the phone. 

If you are calling in with direct, personal knowledge and experience, as always, have your narrative and evidence package ready.


The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)   The US Secret Service   The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC)  

The U.S. Attorney's Office   The Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division (IRS-CID)  

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)



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