Fed up with scams? Want to report being tricked or targeted? The Federal Trade Commission offers a convenient one-stop site for filing a variety of complaints. These complaints do not take the place of notifying the police if you believe you’ve been scammed. However, it does help the government find fraudsters and take action, though sometimes that’s a bit down the road. Let’s get started.
Follow this link to go to the FTC’s Complaint Assistant: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/Information#crnt&panel1-1
If you find that you have trouble navigating the page, technical assistance is available through chat Mon-Fri from 9 am to 8 pm EST. Just click the box at the top right.
Your first option, highlighted in red at the top, is to report scammers pretending to be from the government, a business, or a family member.
Click on that and you’ll be asked to answer a few questions before telling the story in your own words.
You can also report Identity Theft, Scams, Telemarketers and spam, Mobile and Phone scams, Internet, Education, Jobs, and Credit and Debt scams.
Each category features subcategories. For example, scams are further divided into counterfeit checks, imposters, sweepstakes, and romance. If you’re not sure of the category, you can file your complaint and the FTC will pick one for you.
This won’t put an immediate stop to scammers, but it does help in the long run.