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How can one report fraudulent phone calls?

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The Federal Trade Commission's website provides a way to report fraudulent phone calls on its FTC Complaint Assistant page. While the FTC can't resolve individual complaints, it passes information on to law enforcement to further investigations in abuse, fraud and unfair business practices.

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The FTC Complaint Assistant includes several different categories to classify fraudulent calls, including identity theft, scams and rip-offs, unwanted telemarketing, text or spam, and mobile devices or telephones. The site also includes ways to report fraudulent activities that involve other services and forms of communication, such as Internet services and online shopping.

The FTC also maintains a national do not call registry that allows consumers to register their numbers if they do not wish to be contacted for telemarketing purposes. DoNotCall.gov includes a page to submit complaints specifically related to calls made in spite of registration on the FTC's Do Not Call list.

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