Unfortunately, every single day, an older Minnesotan falls victim to a financial fraud or scheme. In tough economic times, this vulnerability to scams only increases.
“Too many fraudsters get away with criminal activity because few are actually reported to law enforcement,” said Special Agent Bill White of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
As part of our AARP Fraud Fighters initiative, AARP is urging members to spot, stop and report fraud.
“Encourage your friends and neighbors to REPORT frauds when they happen,” said White. “Anyone can fall victim – but law enforcement needs tips to investigate and prosecute these crimes.”
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Here are Minnesota agencies that you should contact to report frauds and scams:
Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota
651-699-1111 or 800-646-6222
To file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau when you have a dispute with a business or believe you have been mislead by advertising-also, check on businesses before you buy.
Minnesota Fraud Enforcement Partnership
A coalition of private and public partners to increase awareness and combat fraudulent lottery and sweepstakes crimes. Anchored by partner's efforts and citizens' action to report fraud, law enforcement will be able to employ technological enforcement tactics to identify, disrupt and stop those committing the frauds.
Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
Consumer hotline: 1-800-657-3787
To file a complaint and to access a variety of great consumer resources.
Minnesota Senior LinkAge Line
To report Medicare errors and concerns about Medicare fraud - this entity also helps elders age successfully, by building community capacity, advocating for aging issues, maximizing service effectiveness and linking people with information.
Internet Crime Complaint Center
To file a complaint or to report Internet Crime. The IC3 is a result of a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
United States Postal Inspection Service
To file a complaint with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service if you suspect you are a victim of mail fraud.
Federal Trade Commission
To file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission if you suspect you are a victim of fraud.
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