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Volume: 7 Number: 3

Title:; formerly: National Fraud Information Center

Source/Sponsoring Agency: National Fraud Information Center (U.S.); National Consumers' League


Date Checked: 10/2/2013      Status: Updated

Date Annotated: 6/27/2001

Topics: Commercial Law; Consumer Protection Law; Elder Law

Other keywords: Fraud; Scams

Contents: The National Fraud Information Center (NFIC) was established in 1992 by the National Consumers League, the oldest nonprofit consumer organization in the United States, to fight the growing problem of telemarketing fraud. According to the website, the NFIC is the only nationwide toll-free hotline available for consumers to get advice about telephone solicitations and to report possible telemarketing fraud to law enforcement agencies. Consumers are invited to call the NFIC hotline or visit the web site to report suspected telemarketing or Internet fraud. These reports are relayed to a variety of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, alerting them to problems that they may wish to investigate, and providing them with the ammunition they need to stop fraud. In addition to providing these services, the NFIC web page has extensive news and updates about fraud, as well as information on scams that target businesses. However, the largest sections of the NFIC website include the Internet Fraud Watch, which focuses on promotions in cyberspace, and a detailed sub-site on fraud against the elderly, The Elder Fraud Project. Both sections provide tips, articles, bulletins and other information that can be used to avoid and report fraud.

Author of Annotation: B. Kreisler

Last Modified: 6/20/2012