The best time to call for help is when you are suspicious, before you’ve laid out any cash. There are public agencies that specialize in pursuing fraud. And the sooner they get your complaint, the better their chance of catching up with the scam artist.
The following steps can help you avoid becoming a victim of fraud
The Federal Trade Commission is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and provides information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid issues.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Information on Common Fraud Schemes
National Criminal Justice Reference Service is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
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Additional Resources for Dealing with Fraud
Consumer Credit Counseling
A non-profit agency which provides free financial budgeting assistance. 1-800-330-2227
FL Senior Legal Helpline
The Florida Senior Legal Helpline is managed by Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., and staffed by attorneys and paralegals. The program operates in partnership with legal services providers statewide, who accept referrals from the Helpline in some cases. 1-888-895-7873
Florida Attorney General Fraud Hot Line
The Fraud Hotline is for reporting suspected healthcare fraud or patient abuse, neglect or exploitation. Call (866) 966-7226 or file a complaint online at: http://www.myfloridalegal.com
Palm Beach County Consumer Affairs 561-712-6600