Mass-marketing fraud has become more widespread in recent years, thanks in part to the spread of low-cost communication technology that makes it easier to defraud victims on a global scale. For example, telemarketing or identity theft scams are frequently coordinated from overseas locations.
As part of its commitment to combat mass-marketing fraud, ICE is a participant in the multi-agency International Mass-Marketing Fraud Working Group, which was established in 2007.
The working group brings together law enforcement, regulatory and consumer protection agencies from seven countries to:
The ICE Homeland Security Investigations works closely with the Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies in combating cross-border mass marketing and online fraud.
You may be a victim or be aware of suspicious offers or scams via telephone, mail or email that is "too good to be true."
Be aware of warning signs:
Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) if you are a victim, or aware of any telemarketing or mail fraud, scam, and identity theft.
Contact the Internet Complaint Center (IC3) if you are a victim of phishing, cybercrime, online fraud, and identity theft.