If you have been a victim of fraud:
- Don’t wait to start notifying your bank and/or credit card companies. Timely reporting is crucial!
- File a report with your local police department, this is a crime.
- Report unauthorized transactions to the Federal Trade Commission at:
Call: 1.877.FTC.HELP (1.877.382.4357)
Useful Information to protect you and your business from fraud:
PICPA.org – Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants provides information to prevent fraud for individuals and small businesses.
Fraud Prevention Checklist – Download this free fraud prevention check-up
OnGuardOnline.gov – Learn how to avoid internet fraud, secure your computer and protect your personal information.
IC3.gov – Information regarding International Mass Marketing Fraud along with other Internet schemes. The IC3 receives, develops, and refers criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime.
fbi.gov – Learn about the FBI’s mission and what to do if you are a victim of Mass Marketing fraud.
bbb.org – Visit the Better Business Bureau for unbiased, objective information on businesses.
LooksToGoodToBeTrue.com – If it looks to good to be true, it usually is. This website is a collaborate effort to educate consumers about Internet fraud.
IRS.gov – If you are unsure of a charity, you can verify legitimate charitable organizations through the Internal Revenue Service’s website.
Don’t forget, you can get a free credit report from these 3 Credit Bureaus Annually –
- Equifax – 1.800.525.6285
- Experian – 1.888.397-9742
- Trans Union – 1.800.680.7289