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URLwire for Monday January 14, 2003
 
FTC's New Web Site Focuses on Cross-Border Fraud
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The site contains information on recent FTC law enforcement actions against
cross-border scam artists, as well as FTC coordination with law enforcement
agencies in other countries to combat this multi-billion dollar problem.
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http://www.ftc.gov/crossborder/
 
If you would like more information about cross-border e-commerce, or you would like to file a complaint about cross-border e-commerce, visit www.econsumer.gov, a website created by 17 international law enforcement agencies.
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Cross-border fraud is a serious problem, and it appears to be growing. Consumers in the U.S. and abroad lose billions of dollars a year to telemarketers operating from "boiler rooms" across the border who pitch bogus products, services and investments. The most common cross-border frauds involve phony prize promotions, foreign lottery schemes, advance-fee loan scams, fraudulent travel offers, and unnecessary credit card loss "protection" offers.

The Federal Trade Commission launched a new Web site, http://www.ftc.gov/crossborder/, to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid cross-border fraud. It contains information on recent FTC law enforcement actions against cross-border scam artists, as well as FTC coordination with law enforcement agencies in other countries to combat this multi-billion dollar problem.

Consumers can download many valuable consumer education publications, including "Hang Up on Cross-Border Phone Fraud," "Border-Line Scams are the Real Thing," and "Straight Talk About Telemarketing." The site also includes a full-color downloadable poster - "Foreign Lotteries: The Games You Can't Win"- for legitimate lottery vendors to help customers avoid common, costly foreign lottery scams. Consumers also can read the FTC's Five-Point Plan for Attacking Cross-Border Fraud, an initiative emphasizing increased cooperation between the public and private sector, as well as increased law enforcement activity.
 
 
 
 

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