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Where do you report fraudulent calls?

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Fraudulent calls requesting personal and financial information, such as banking information or credit card numbers, or Social Security numbers can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission, according to its website. Consumers can call the FTC or submit an online submission through the FTC complaint assistant on its website.

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Consumers can also report telemarketing and fraudulent phone calls to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's online tip center, according to its website. The FBI investigates companies and unknown callers requesting money or financial information through telemarketing.

Phone scams related to identity theft, potential credit or debit fraud, online shopping, telemarketing and sales fraud, and employment scams are investigated, according to the FTC. It recommends consumers promptly respond to fraudulent calls by saying, "No, thank you" to the caller, hanging up, and reporting the activity immediately to the FTC. Callers can also identify red flag phrases such as "make a decision right away" or "specifically selected for this offer" to identify fraudulent calls, according to the FTC.

Fraudulent callers may also demand consumers provide bank account and credit card numbers, send money to the company, or arrange for a courier to pick up a check or money order, according to the FBI.

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