a crime -- Or request assistance. ICC
-- The information will be acted on and/or forwarded to the
appropriate authorities and agencies. Any personal information
you provide will be held in strictest confidence.
Fight back! Do you
know of a scam that needs investigating? Report it to CBS News!
Report is the nationwide consumer reporting web site to
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people off. Unlike the Better Business Bureau, the bad business
bureau's Rip Off Report does not hide stories of "satisfied"
complaints. All complaints remain public to create a working
history for that company, unedited.
makes it easy to file complaints -- We take complaints involving
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We accept complaints against charities and non-profit organizations.
We primarily handle complaints relating to marketplace transactions,
including advertising claims.
3cents.com -- Provides free online services to communicate
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for Action -- To empower consumers by giving them a voice
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problems with businesses, government agencies, and other organizations.
Our services are free and confidential and available to all
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-- A volunteer organization to fight online harassment through
education of the public, law enforcement personnel, and empowerment
of victims. Our volunteers work with people currently experiencing
online harassment, and help others to learn how to avoid such
harassment or minimize its impact if it does occur.
National Fraud Information Center -- A project of the National
Consumers League - Consumers can call the hotline toll-free
at 1-800-876-7060 or send
their questions to the NFIC. The oldest nonprofit consumer
organization in the US, to fight fraud by improving prevention
US Postal Inspection Service -- The law enforcement branch
of the US Postal Service, empowered by federal laws and regulations
to investigate and enforce over 200 federal statutes related
to crimes against the US Mail, the Postal Service and its employees.
Postal inspectors investigate any crime in which the US Mail
is used to further a scheme, whether it originated in the mail,
by telephone or on the Internet. The use of the US Mail is what
makes it a mail fraud issue.
form allows you to send a complaint -- To the US Postal
Inspection Service if you are a victim of mail fraud. Although
the Inspection Service cannot resolve routine business disputes
between companies and their customers, it can act against a
company or individual if there is a pattern of activity suggesting
a potential scheme to defraud. To send your complaint via postal
Theft -- Postal Inspectors investigate cases of identity
theft because much of the criminal activity takes place through
the mail. Mail may be stolen to obtain the information needed
to apply for checks credit cards or to complete fraudulent applications
for new cards. Financial institutions mail checks or credit
cards that may be stolen by crooks, who can use anonymous addresses
at commercial mail receiving agencies (CMRAs; also called "mail
drops") to collect the proceeds of their crimes.
Assistance -- If you, or someone you care for, has been
victimized by a sweepstakes promotion and have been taken advantage
of because of your age, the US Postal Inspection Service is
responsible for investigating cases of fraud where the US Mail
is used as part of the scheme. Click
here for a Mail Fraud Complaint Form.
Direct Marketing Association Can Help -- The DMA Sweepstakes
Helpline. A free consumer service has pledged to promptly investigate
and resolve sweepstakes-related concerns brought to their attention.
This includes removing names from their customer lists and lists
exchanged with other companies. The Sweepstakes Helpline provides
phone and e-mail counseling with problem purchase situations,
and answers general questions about sweepstakes and The DMA's
self-regulatory guidelines relating to sweepstakes. The special
e-mail address is: [email protected].
The DMA may also be contacted at: The Direct Marketing Association
Sweepstakes Helpline 1111 19th Street NW, Suite 1100 Washington,
Tel: 202.861.2475 Fax: 202.955.0085
States Commission on Civil Rights -- Investigate complaints
alleging discrimination by reason of their race, color, religion,
sex, age, disability, or national origin, or by reason of fraudulent
practices. Serves as a national clearinghouse for information
on discrimination or denial of equal protection of the laws
because of race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, or national
origin. US Commission on Civil Rights
-- Online, anonymous reporting system and helpline for students.
In an ongoing study of school shootings, the Secret Service
found, in most cases, school shooters shared their plans in
advance but no one reported it. Students can be reluctant to
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to implement a system to improve communication.
Who Care -- Are you in fear of violence in your school?
Someone being too much of a bully? Are you aware of threats
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danger, we strongly suggest you call 911 immediately. This system
is to be used to help prevent school violence and for you to
-- Formed to help people who need help online. Whether you're
being cyberstalked, harassed or defrauded, find child pornography
or cyberpredators; even if you just want to learn how to use
the Internet better or have simple questions about how things
work, we can help.
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