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Consumer Fraud Reporting

Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that consumers can use to report the activities of telephone and Internet scammers and other con artists who attempt to persuade older adults, individuals who live alone, disaster victims and other vulnerable people to part with their savings. Common scams include fraudulent prize offers, "free" travel packages that have hidden costs or which never materialize, "get rich quick" investments that turn out to be worthless, tax debt/refund scams, phony charities with names that are similar to well-known organizations and schemes involving promises to recover an individual's money following their victimization by another scam. Reports may be filed by consumer fraud victims or by people who have information about individuals they know to be perpetrating these types of scams.

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General Crime Reporting

Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanism that people can use to report any of a wide variety of crimes rather than specializing in reports regarding a particular type of criminal activity.

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Identity Theft Reporting/Recovery Programs

Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that people can use to report instances in which someone fraudulently obtains private information about an individual, e.g., his or her Social Insurance Number, uses it to apply for credit in that person's name, runs up large bills and then disappears without paying the bills leaving the victim with ruined credit. Identity thieves may also purchase expensive medical services in the victim's name, or give the victim's name and personal information to a law enforcement officer leaving the individual subject to arrest. Identity thieves may also steal the identities of individuals who are deceased. Also included are programs that help identity theft victims re-establish their identity and credit standing.

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Insurance Fraud Reporting

Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that the public can use to report, usually anonymously, individuals who have made false statements or otherwise intentionally misrepresented the facts surrounding an injury or loss in order to receive or increase the amount of compensation they will receive based on an insurance policy. Also included are programs that accept reports of fraudulent claims submitted by health care providers, pharmacies, auto repair shops and other parties that are providing services for insured individuals and using their insurance as a means of payment.

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Social Insurance Fraud Reporting

Programs that provide a hotline or other mechanisms that the public can use to anonymously report information about people who are misusing a Social Insurance number, improperly giving a Social Insurance number to others, collecting disability payments when they do not have a disability, making fraudulent retirement benefit claims or engaging in other types of illegal activities involving social insurance.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.