Fraud & Identity Theft Prevention

Minnesotans lose millions of dollars to scam artists and bogus telemarketers through phony contests, sweepstakes scams, and lottery fraud.   Criminals will use e-mails, phone calls and mailings to gain your trust and take your money.

PROTECT YOURSELF, learn to spot the signs of consumer fraud:  

  • Pressure Tactics; don't be pressured in making a decision about an offer, check it our first 
  • Payment up Front
  • Time Pressure; send it quickly 
  • Refusal to Provide References; conceal their mailing address and/or phone number
  • It seems too good to be true
  • You won
  • Don't Tell
  • Be wary of anything that promises large sums of money
  • Don't give out personal or financial information to anyone over the internet or phone.

If you would like to report a scam, but have not suffered a financial loss, please contact the Federal Trade Commission at 877-382-4357 ( or visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center at

If you or someone you know has been a victim of a fraud or scam and inccurred a financial loss, please call the Rochester/Olmsted County Law Enforcement Center at 328-6800 (non-emergency number). 

Remember you can help stop fraud by reporting it.

The Minnesota Attorney General's Office ( is an excellent resource with prevention information and many on-line publications to reduce your risk of being a victim. 

We ask that you please share this information with your family and friends. By talking about scams, hopefully we can prevent another victim.

Fraud and Identity Theft Resources 
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