2020GovernmentIdentity Theft

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On October 22, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – which works to protect and educate consumers – announced it had launched a new website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov where consumers may easily report fraud and all other consumer issues directly to the FTC, according to a press release from the FTC.

At ReportFraud.ftc.gov, consumers will find a streamlined and user-friendly way to submit reports to the FTC about scams, frauds, and bad business practices. The FTC has long encouraged consumers to report these issues to the FTC when they encounter them – whether or not they lost money to the fraud.

“With ReportFraud.ftc.gov, it’s quicker and easier than ever to share your story, and each report helps the FTC, and other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, fight fraud,” Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, stated in the press release about the new website.

One new feature of the website at ReportFraud.ftc.gov is that consumers who file a report will receive the next steps from the FTC with advice on what to do based on their particular report. The FTC has more information available for consumers, including a new video explaining how the website works.

The new consumer reporting fraud website takes the place of the FTC Complaint Assistant, and consumers visiting that site will be redirected to ReportFraud.ftc.gov to share their information. The fraud report website is also available in Spanish at ReporteFraude.ftc.gov. To learn more about the FTC, visit www.ftc.gov.

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