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Whether you've been the victim of a scam or protected yourself, there are things you can do to help protect other Oregonians.

Remember:  If you think you have located a scammer, do not attempt to police the situation yourself! By confronting someone, you may be compromising an existing investigation or even putting yourself at risk.

File a Complaint with the Oregon Attorney General

Even though the Attorney General's office cannot follow up on every complaint, it is important to help the Attorney General identify and eliminate threats to Oregon consumers by sharing your experiences.

View instructions and download a form here. (en Espaol)
Or, submit your complaint online!

It's okay to file a complaint if you're not certain whether any laws have actually been broken.  For your reference, most Oregon businesses are subject to the Unlawful Trade Practices Act, which is contained in Oregon Revised Statutes 646.605 to 646.656.  Special rules for debt collectors are found in Section 646.639.

Other states have similar processes.  Most can be found on their respective Attorney General's website.

Tell your story to the State Treasury

The State Treasury cannot prosecute a scammer in court (that's the Attorney General's job) or give personal financial advice.  However, by sending in your story, the State Treasury may be able to identify trends and get a better idea of what Oregonians should be warned about.

Sending your story to the State Treasury does not instigate any civil or criminal actions against a scammer and is not a substitute for filing an official complaint with law enforcement or other regulatory agencies.  Click here to e-mail the State Treasury.

File a Complaint with the Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau maintains a searchable database of most businesses and will try to resolve complaints in a timely fashion.  Complaints you file can affect the rating given by the BBB, whether or not the company is BBB-accredited.

File a Complaint with the Loan Modification Scam Protection Network (for loan modification scams)

The LMSPN is a cooperation between public and private partners, and will add your complaint to a national database that supports federal, state, and local efforts to crack down on loan modification scams.

Let the Federal Trade Commission know your story

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation's consumer protection agency, collects complaints about companies, business practices, identity theft, and episodes of violence in the media.  The FTC enters all complaints it receives into Consumer Sentinel, a secure online database that is used by thousands of civil and criminal law enforcement authorities worldwide.  Your complaints can help detect patterns of wrong-doing, and lead to investigations and prosecutions.  (Please note that the FTC does not resolve individual consumer complaints.)

If your personal information has been compromised

Sometimes you realize that you've been scammed after the incident occurred.  If you think that your personal information -- especially your Social Security Number -- has been compromised, call any one of the three credit reporting agencies and ask to have an "initial fraud alert" placed on your credit report.  This will help prevent unauthorized credit from being issued in your name.

  Equifax
1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com
P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
   
  Experian
1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742); www.experian.com
P.O. Box 2002, Allen, TX 75013
   
  TransUnion
1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com
Fraud Victim Assistance Division
P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

Read more about what to do at the Federal Trade Commission website.

Keep on top of your credit by requesting a copy your credit report directly from the reporting companies at annualcreditreport.com.  Remember: never pay for your credit report, and be wary of websites that offer "Free Credit Report"s but tack on hidden subscription fees!

 

 
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