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Special Feature: Fraud Awareness - Investigation and Enforcement

Publications and Online Materials

General Fraud Information

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book for January-December 2013
Federal Trade Commission, February 2014

Cross-Border Fraud Complaints with Canadian and United States Consumer Complaint Details: January - December 2012
Federal Trade Commission, May 2013

Consumer Fraud in the United States, 2011: The Third FTC Survey
Federal Trade Commission, April 2013

First Year Report - Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force
Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, 2010

A Staff Report on the Federal Trade Commission's Fraud Forum
Federal Trade Commission, December 2009

Fighting Identity Theft with the Red Flags Rule: A How-To Guide for Business
Federal Trade Commission, March 2009

Fraud Section Activities Report, Fiscal Year 2008
Department of Justice, 2008

Fraud Victimization--The Extent, the Targets, the Effects
National Institute of Justice, February 1995

Financial/Investment Fraud

College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act of 2000: Annual Report to Congress, 2012
U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice, and Federal Trade Commission, November 2012

Identifying Fraud, Abuse, and Error in Personal Bankruptcy Filings
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, June 2007

National Money Laundering Strategy
Department of the Treasury, 2007

Check and Card Fraud
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, July 2004

Check Fraud: A Guide to Avoiding Losses
Department of the Treasury, February 1999

Financial Crimes Report to the Public: Fiscal Years 2010-2011
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Date not available

Financial Institution Fraud and Failure Report, Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007
Federal Bureau of Investigation, Date not available

Health/Medicare Fraud

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control Program Report
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Annual Report

Health Care Fraud: Types of Providers Involved in Medicare Cases, and CMS Efforts to Reduce Fraud
U.S. Government Accountability Office, November 2012

Fraud Control in the Health Care Industry: Assessing the State of the Art, Research in Brief
National Institute of Justice, December 1998

Internet/Cyber Fraud

Internet Crime Annual Reports
Internet Crime Complaint Center, Annual

Cybercrime Against Businesses, 2005
Bureau of Justice Statistics, September 2008

Mortgage/Loan Fraud

Mortgage Loan Fraud Update: Suspicious Activity Report Filings
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Quarterly Report

Mortgage Fraud Fact Sheet
Bureau of Justice Assistance, October 2012

2010 Mortgage Fraud Report
Federal Bureau of Investigation, 2011

Homeownership Preservation: Federal Efforts to Combat Foreclosure Rescue Schemes Are Under Way, but Improved Planning Elements Could Enhance Progress
Government Accountability Office, July 2010 

A Full Response to an Empty House: Public Safety Strategies for Addressing Mortgage Fraud and the Foreclosure Crisis
Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2010

Burning Down the House: Mortgage Fraud and the Destruction of Residential Neighborhoods
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2010

Attacking Mortgage Fraud in Florida
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, June 2009

Mortgage Loan Fraud Connections with Other Financial Crime
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, March 2009

Other Types of Fraud

Victims of Identity Theft, 2012
Bureau of Justice Statistics, December 2013

Identity Theft Reported by Households, 2005-2010
Bureau of Justice Statistics, November 2011

Mass Marketing Fraud: A Threat Assessment
Federal Bureau of Investigation, June 2010

Investigative Uses of Technology: Devices, Tools, and Techniques
National Institute of Justice, June 2007

Education and Training in Fraud and Forensic Accounting: A Guide for Educational Institutions, Stakeholder Organizations, Faculty, and Students
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, March 2007

Prescription Fraud
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, July 2006

A National Strategy to Combat Identity Theft 
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, June 2006

Telemarketing Predators: Finally, We've Got Their Number
National Institute of Justice, July 2005

The Alias Among Us: The Homeland Security and Terrorism Threat from Document Fraud, Identity Theft and Social Security Number Misuse
Social Security Administration, September 2003

Identity Fraud: Information on Prevalence, Cost, and Internet Impact is Limited
Government Accountability Office, 1998

Conduct a search of the NCJRS Abstracts Database for additional resources on this topic.

Other Resources

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
BJA provides leadership and services in grant administration and criminal justice policy development to support local, state, and tribal justice strategies to achieve safer communities. As part of these efforts, BJA supports different programs and initiative including the following:

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Cyber Investigations
The FBI works to prevent criminals, sexual predators, and others intent on malicious destruction from using the Internet and online services to steal from, defraud, and otherwise victimize citizens, businesses, and communities.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): White Collar Crime Unit
The FBI White Collar Crime Unit works to investigate schemes of deliberate deception, provides the public with information on protection from common scams, and describes what should be done if a person feels they have been victimized.

Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force (FFETF)/StopFraud.gov  
Established in November 2009 and made up of more than 20 federal agencies, 94 US Attorneys Offices and state and local partners, FFETF is improving efforts to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, recover proceeds for victims and address financial discrimination in the lending and financial markets.

In the Spotlight: Identity Theft
This NCJRS online resource offers a briefing on identity theft and phishing; points to important publications, statistics, legislation, and training opportunities; and offers links to other resources.

Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)
For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at all levels, IC3 offers a central repository for complaints related to Internet fraud, works to quantify fraud patterns, and provides timely statistical data of current fraud trends.

U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
FinCEN is designed with the goal of safeguarding the financial system from the abuses of financial crime, including terrorist financing, money laundering, and other illicit activity.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section
This Web site provides information on all forms of Internet crime for law enforcement agencies, policymakers, and the public.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Fraud Section
The Fraud Section implements enforcement initiatives and advises the Department leadership on such matters as legislation, crime prevention, and public education, and works as a rapid response team, investigating and prosecuting complex white collar crime cases throughout the country.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Tax Division
The Tax Division seeks to secure correct and fair interpretations of the internal revenue laws to fight abusive and fraudulent tax promotions.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Identity and Benefit Fraud
ICE places a high priority on investigating document/identity and benefit fraud. These types of fraud pose a severe threat to national security and public safety because they create a vulnerability that may enable terrorists, criminals and illegal aliens to gain entry to and remain in the United States.

U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
The mission of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service is to protect the U.S. Postal Service, secure the nation's mail system and ensure public trust in the mail through consumer awareness, and investigation of mail fraud.

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