Fraud and Identity Theft
Note that complaints can be made to agencies in multiple countries if the perpetrators are located in a different country than the victim. The following links are organized by their agency's/site's country of origin
OLAF: The European Commission's Anti-Fraud Office: The mission of the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) is to protect the interests of the European Union, to fight fraud, corruption and any other irregular activity, including misconduct within the European Institutions.
Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre: The CAFC is a national anti-fraud call centre jointly operated by the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. It plays a key role in educating the public about specific fraudulent telemarketing pitches. The call centre also plays a vital role in the collection and dissemination of victim evidence, statistics, documentation and tape recordings which are made available to outside law enforcement agencies. The CAFC is the central agency in Canada that collects information on telemarketing, advanced fee fraud letters (Nigerian letters) and identity theft complaints.
Canadian Council of Better Business Bureaus: The online web presence for this organization, which includes reporting fraud and crime.
Internet Scambusters: This site is dedicated to exposing frauds, hoaxes and illegal activities on the Internet, while at the same time highlighting actual dangers.
RCMP Fraud & Scams Alerts: Information for consumers on the many kinds of fraud and scams that can take place both on and off the Internet.
Reporting Economic Online Crime (RECOL): Reporting Economic Crime Online (RECOL) is an initiative that involves an integrated partnership between International, Federal and Provincial Law Enforcement agencies, as well as, with regulators and private commercial organizations that have a legitimate investigative interest in receiving a copy of complaints of economic crime. Through this site you can report fraud and other forms of online crime to Canadian and other agencies.
ACPO Fraud Prevention: The Fraud Reduction website is published by the National Working Group on Fraud on behalf of the UK Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). This website deals primarily with commercial fraud in a policing context. The information contained in these pages is intended to provide advice for individuals and businesses on how to recognize fraud, how to avoid it through preventative measures, and how to respond to suspected frauds.
Action Fraud: Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud reporting centre for both Internet-based, telephone and real world crimes. Information on prevention and the latest frauds is also available.
Bank Safe Online: The UK banking industry's initiative to help keep online banking users safe. Includes scam information, fraud prevention, helpful advice and links to related web sites and organizations.
Home Office: Identity Theft: This government-based site is a collaboration between UK financial bodies, government and the police to combat the threat of identity theft.
Metropolitan Police Fraud Alert: Information on active frauds, and how to report frauds in the UK.
National Anti-Fraud Network: Information on fraud, fraud prevention and an online reporting system.
Better Business Bureau Online Complaint System: Links on their home page allow you to make a complaint against a business or charity, whether local or online.
Criminal Division US DOJ - Fraud Section: Hosted by the US Dept. of Justice, this extremely useful site leads to sections on internet fraud, identity theft, telemarketing fraud, mortgage scams, fraudulent victim publications as well as prevention tips against all these types of fraud.
Deter, Detect, Defend: Avoid Identity Theft: This website by the US FTC is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft.
Expanding Services To Reach Victims of Identity Theft and Financial Fraud: In this electronic publication, the Identity Theft Resource Center; the Victims Initiative for Counseling, Advocacy, and Restoration in the Southwest; the Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center; and Atlanta Victim Assistance team up to present varied approaches to helping victims of these crimes.
Fight Identity Theft: The goal of Fight Identity Theft is to make you more aware of the risks of identity theft and to present clear steps you can take to protect yourself.
Fraud Section - US Department of Justice Criminal Division: This site contain a wealth of information on the crime of fraud and identity theft. A major resource on US law involving this crime.
Identity Theft and Fraud: The US Department of Justice's Identity Theft information page, with background data, contacts for reporting identity theft and fraud, along with suggestions on how not to become a victim.
Identity Theft Resource Center: The ITRC site provides information on identity theft, consumer protection, scams and frauds, an online library of statistics and reports, and is available in both English and Spanish.
In the Spotlight - Identity Theft: A project of the US DOJ National Criminal Justice Reference Center, this site defines and summarizes identity theft and provides links to statistics, background information, reporting systems, legislation and much more.
Internet Fraud Complaint Center: The IFCC is a cooperative project of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center. Victims of fraud can use this site to report the details of their cases, while law enforcement agencies can use the IFCC as a central depository of fraud case information, statistics and patterns.
National Fraud Information Center : This site contains information on a variety of fraud practices, how to spot and report them and what to do if you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud. Also included are many links of interest.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Identity Theft Resource Center: This organization covers all issues dealing with privacy rights and covers such topics as wiretapping, junk mail and harassing phone calls, the Internet and government, as well as stalking and harassment and identity theft. Online fact sheets, the text of articles, speeches and papers, as well as case histories and links of interest are all available.
Romance Scams: A non-profit information and advocacy organization, their purpose is to create public awareness on this crime, provide accurate information and expertise to assist in the successful demise of online romance scams, and help people learn, heal, and experience a safe on-line environment. Their site includes extensive background information on the many types of scams, particular dangers to be aware of, the provision of peer counselors for victims to talk to about what has happened to them, and more.
Social Security Online's Identity Theft Electronic Factsheet: Information on what to do if someone steals your Social Security number. Also of interest is their electronic leaflet: Identity Theft And Your Social Security Number
US Department of Justice Criminal Division Fraud Section: Fraud Section investigations often involve business crimes such as corporate fraud schemes; financial institution fraud; securities fraud; insurance fraud; fraud involving government programs such as Medicare and international criminal activities, including bribery of foreign government officials in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In recent years, the Section has developed cases and initiatives directed at schemes which target consumers such as telemarketing fraud, identity theft, "prime bank" schemes and Internet fraud.
US State Department - Overseas CItizen Services - International Financial Scams: This page offers links to reporting and information sites for victims of financial scams, including: dating scams, frauds involving lottery winnings, work permits, inheritance schemes, and money laundering.