Fraud Reporting and Support

Five Tricks of a Con Artist
This article from the Texas Attorney General’s office gives 5 good examples of things you might hear from a con artist:  1.) Something for nothing;  2.) He makes you like him; 3.) It’s now or never; 4.) You’re going to be rich; 5.) It worked for other people.

FBI Alerts Public to be Aware of Disaster Fraud in Aftermath of Recent Wildfires
This article from the FBI warns about the 5 types of disaster fraud, charitable solicitations, price gouging, contractor and vendor fraud, property insurance fraud, and forgery.  Read about  how to protect yourself from these scams.

Consumer Protection Division – Post Disaster Awareness
Important information provided by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s website regarding post-disaster scams.

10 Things You Can Do to Avoid Fraud
Information from the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov regarding fraud. Includes warning signs, how to spot imposters, and how to file a complaint.

FTC Warning: Beware of California Wildfire Charity Scams
Information from the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftc.gov regarding wildfire charity scams. This report advises consumers to “be wary of appeals that tug at the heart strings, but are short on details about how disaster victims will benefit”.

Fight Fraud America
The mission of this grass roots group is “Fighting Fraud Through Communication and Education”.  Find resources to help you before and after a scam, or contact them for help with presentations to groups.