How-to File a Complaint With The FTC
If you have been ripped off or scammed, complain to the Federal Trade Commission. It can help put the bad guys out of business. To file a complaint, just go to http://www.ftc.gov/complaint or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.
To prevent business practices that are anticompetitive or deceptive or unfair to consumers; to enhance informed consumer choice and public understanding of the competitive process; and to accomplish this without unduly burdening legitimate business activity.
A U.S. economy characterized by vigorous competition among producers and consumer access to accurate information, yielding high-quality products at low prices and encouraging efficiency, innovation, and consumer choice.
Our Strategic Goals
- Protect Consumers: Prevent fraud, deception, and unfair business practices in the marketplace.
- Maintain Competition: Prevent anticompetitive mergers and other anticompetitive business practices in the marketplace.
- Advance Performance: Advance the FTC’s performance through organizational, individual, and management excellence.
Here is a little of what the FTC does in response to your complaints:
- FTC Returns Almost $2 Million to Consumers Harmed by ‘Free Gas for Life’ Scam
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 58,234 refund checks to consumers who lost money to Green Millionaire, an online scam whose “free” book explained how to power cars and homes at no cost, and then billed them for an online magazine they never ordered.
- FTC Warns of Utility Bill Scam That Asks for Payment via GreenDot, Paypal or Prepaid Gift Card
Imagine receiving a phone call from your utility company saying they’re about to cut off your electricity.
- FTC Sends Refunds to Consumers Harmed by “Credit Card” Scam
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 38,631 refund checks to consumers who lost money to a catalog credit card operation that deceptively marketed its card, failed to honor its refund policy, and charged up-front fees for a guaranteed line of credit.
- FTC Returns More Than $5.4 Million to Victims of Massive Cramming Scam
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 139,357 checks totaling more than $5.4 million to consumers and businesses who were victimized by a massive fraudulent operation that placed unwanted charges on their telephone bills.
- FTC Sends Refunds to Consumers Harmed by Robocallers Who Claimed to Reduce Credit Card Interest Rates
The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 134 refund checks to consumers who lost money to a phony debt relief services scam that claimed it would dramatically reduce consumers’ credit card interest rates.