Fraud and identity theft

No one imagines it happening to them, but all kinds of people can experience identity theft or be taken advantage of by people acting fraudulently. These resources will help you guard against defrauders and guide you through the necessary actions should you become a victim of this kind of crime.

The Federal Trade Commission (en español):
If you believe you’re a victim of identity theft, act quickly and follow the Federal Trade Commission’s clear, easy steps on what to do.

Money Matters: Scam Watch (en español):
This easy to use website from the Federal Trade Commission offers tips and information on identifying whether or not a product, service, or offer of work is legitimate. (en español):
This site is designed to help consumers avoid a whole range of scams, from text message scams, to online scams, to money transfer scams, and more.

"Hang Up on Phone Fraud" video from the Federal Trade Commission

Portland Police Bureau:
The White Collar Crimes Unit provides information on a range of crimes involving fraud, including fake magazine sales, elder fraud, and identity theft. To get help in person, call the Police non-emergency number at (503) 823-3333.

The Oregon Department of Business and Consumer Services:
This site shows us that, despite all our wishes to the contrary, you can’t tell who’s a scam artist just by looking at them. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Use this information to arm yourself against being scammed.

Oregon Division of Finance and Corporate Securities - Identity Theft (en español):
The Oregon Department of Finance and Corporate Securities has tools for both individuals and businesses who want to protect against identity theft.

FINRA’s BrokerCheck:
Before you invest, check this site to research the background of stockbrokers and brokerage firms.

Fraud: An Inside Look:
This brief video from the Federal Trade Commission examines the astonishingly easy way a scammer separated a lot of people from a great deal of their money.

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