On October 2, the Federal Trade Commission's consumer information center closed due to the government shutdown. For those hoping to file a complaint or register for the Do Not Call list, these services will be unavailable until further notice. If you are a victim of a scam or identity theft, contact your local police department; or if you are a resident of Santa Ana, contact the Santa Ana Police Department at 714-647-5400.
Where to get help
Victims of identity theft can still get help from state sponsored or non-profit organizations such as the Identity Theft Resource Center where you can call to get immediate victim's assistance no matter where you live to help with your identity theft situation by calling 888-400-5530.
Keep in mind that even though the FTC's Internet Crime Complaint Center is not operating, you as a consumer can help fight identity theft by posting your complaint on Scambook at http://www.scambook.com/ and ScamDetector at http://scam-detector.com/ Be sure to include details about the scam even if you were smart enough to avoid it in order to help protect others from falling victim.
While the government shutdown is causing problems for many, you can still fight identity theft by keeping others informed. Warn your elderly loved ones, friends and family to beware of scammers who may try to contact them via phone or email offering benefits as a direct result of the government shutdown. Remember to always do research on any company before doing business with them, and never give out your personal information no matter who is asking.
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