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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:
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 (www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov) or visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center at https://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx.
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 (http://www.ag.state.mn.us/) 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