The following sources can help you register complaints about fraudulent activities. If you or someone you know has been the victim of fraud, contact one of the following agencies:
Chief United States Postal Inspector
Criminal Investigations Service Center
ATTN: Mail Fraud
433 W HArrison Street, Room 3255
Chicago, IL 60699-3255
Handles complaints about, and has jurisdiction over, fraudulent investments services that use, advertise or sell through the mail or by overnight courier.
Commodity Future Trading Commission
2033 K Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20581
Regulates most firms that deal in commodity futures markets. Futures trading markets include petroleum products, U.S. government securities, foreign currencies, options on futures contracts and dealer options.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
7142 Ambassador Road
Baltimore, MD 21244
Has jurisdiction when investment offerings constitute mail or wire fraud or other violations of criminal law.
Federal Communications Commission
Consumer Protection Branch Mail Stop 1600 A2
Washington, D.C. 20006
The federal agency that tracks complaints about telephone service fraud for possible future regulatory reform.
Federal Trade Commission
Investment Fraud Project, Room 200
Bureau of Consumer Protection
Washington, D.C. 20580
Investigates and prosecutes a variety of investment frauds. If you have complaints about claims made in telephone promotions for investment services, contact them.
National Association of Securities Dealers
1390 Piccard Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
A self-regulatory organization that governs stock brokers, it may be able to provide you information about a member broker.
National Fraud Information Center (NFIC)
PO Box 65868
Washington, D.C. 20035
The National Consumers League is a private, nonprofit organization that operates a consumer hotline to provide service and assistance in filing complaints. The National Fraud Information Center helps the Federal Trade Commission and the State Attorneys General by entering complaints into a computerized database to help track and identify fraud operators. They also provide education information on recognizing fraud and have a Special Fraud Project. (Note—this number is often busy, so keep trying.)
National Futures Association
200 West Madison Street, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60606
A self-regulatory organization that governs futures brokers. It may be able to provide you information about a member broker.
North American Securities Administrator Association
10 G Street, NE, Suite 710
Washington, D.C. 20002
Industry group providing information about securities
Securities and Exchange Commission
450 5th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20549
The federal agency that regulates the public offer and sale of stocks and securities.