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 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.

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