Avoiding Consumer Fraud

Bureau of Consumer Protection

Source: Federal Trade Commission

Description:

Website offers a wide variety of information to help consumers avoid and report fraud and deception.


Consumer Sentinel

Source: U.S. Federal Trade Commission

Description:

Get the facts on consumer frauds from Internet cons, prize promotions, work-at-home schemes, and telemarketing scams to identity theft--and report fraud complaints so they can be shared with law enforcement.


Fighting Fraud Against Older Consumers

Source: National Consumer League

Description:

Resources to help seniors identify and resist fraudulent marketing scams


Financial Protection for Older Americans

Source: U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Description:

Offers information and resources to help consumers make wise financial decisions; includes resources promoting financial protection of older adults


Fraud Hotline

Source: United States Senate Special Committee on Aging

Description:

Con artists lure vulnerable elderly into turning over large sums of money, or revealing personal information that can be used to empty their bank accounts. Now families have a new resource from the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging: a toll-free hotline where seniors and families can report suspected fraud and receive expert assistance.


Fraud Information from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Source: U.S. Post Office

Description:

Tips on recognizing telemarketing and mail fraud schemes


Medicare Fraud Prevention Toolkit

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Description:

Information for providers and consumers


National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA)

Source: U.S. Administration on Aging

Description:

National resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. Site offers information, resources and hotlines.


National Do Not Call Registry

Source: Federal Trade Commission

Description:

Once you register your phone number, telemarketers covered by the National Do Not Call Registry have up to 31 days from the date you register to stop calling. Violations can also be reported on this site.


OnGuard Online

Source: U.S. Government

Description:

Website developed by a consortium of government agencies (including the Federal Trade Commission, Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service). The site includes easy-to-understand information about safe auctions, phishing, spyware, etc.


Senior Medicare Patrol

Description:

Government-funded project involves professionals and senior volunteers to fight fraud, abuse and error in the Medicare and Medicaid programs


Seniors and Fraud

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Description:

Information to help seniors and family caregivers avoid scams that target the elderly


Video: How to Spot Health Fraud

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Description:

Video helps consumers discriminate between legitimate healthcare practices and fraudulent practices and products.