Whether you want to report a scam or know how to spot the signs of fraud, there are plenty of resources out there that can help.
Learn how to recognize, prevent and report a scam with these leading anti-fraud organizations and expert podcasts.
The FTC works to protect consumers in the US from business scams through fraud alerts, email updates and free resources.
Fraud.org is a project under the National Consumers League that hopes to prevent scams from happening. Sign up to their monthly alerts to see what scams are circulating in your area, ask the experts, or report a potential scam.
This government-run website provides all you need to know on your consumer rights, from the laws protecting you to helpful information on preventing fraud.
From identity theft to fake sweepstakes, mail fraud is one of the main types of scams. The U.S. Postal Inspection Service hopes to raise awareness about different types of mail fraud with free tips and resources.
The OCC works to regulate banks and savings associations to protect consumers from unfair practices or fraud. They have several resources to help you stop criminals from accessing your bank accounts.
The IC3 deals with any complaints surrounding internet crime, including non-delivery of goods, computer hacking and advance-fee schemes. You can also claim on behalf of another person if you think they’ve been the victim.
If you’re more of a listener than a reader, there are several great podcasts out there to raise awareness about common scams, including:
- Player FM – hear from fraud victims, discover the trending scams and avoid falling for a scammer’s tricks with a whole host of fraud-related playlists.
- Association of Certified Fraud Examiners – the ACFE hosts a monthly fraud podcast to give expert advice and resources for preventing scams.
- The Perfect Scam – discover America’s biggest scam stories, with personal recollections from the victims as well as expert analysis.
- Ruin a Bad Guy’s Day – this fraud prevention podcast shares tips and insights into popular scams, so you can avoid them and ruin the scammer’s day.