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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:
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
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 online. Another option is to visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of a fraud or scam and incurred a financial loss, please call the Rochester/Olmsted County Law Enforcement Center at 507 328-6800 (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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