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Federal Trade Commission

February 04, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a governmental agency whose mission is to protect consumers. The FTC homepage provides links to a number of fraud-related information pages including privacy & security, internet fraud & safety, spam emails, and web scams. These pages provide educational materials to raise awareness about different types of fraud and practical tips to prevent fraud. The FTC is also the central reporting mechanism for fraud and ID theft. They do not resolve individual complaints but reporting is used to detect patterns that help lead to investigations and prosecutions. The website walks consumers through the complaint process with an online form.