Every day, people across the country are telling the FTC what happened to them. Maybe they lost money to a scam, lost their identity, or just spotted something that looked fishy and wanted somebody to know. All of that information helps FTC and other law enforcement agencies investigate and bring cases against scammers. And, every year, we roll up all that data and give it back to you in an . Now, though, you don’t have to wait a year to find out what’s happening.
Starting today, the FTC is making that Consumer Sentinel data available to you every quarter. If you visit , you’ll find an interactive online tool that lets you find things like:
This new quarterly resource might especially interest you if you’re an academic, into research, in the media, or just really interested in consumer protection – or what’s happening with scams near you. Knowing about scams helps you avoid them, so play with the data, download it you want to do more analysis, and print it if you want to share it.
We’ll also be releasing periodic Data Spotlights on trends or hot topics we’ve spotted in the data – like the one . If you spot something in the data that you find interesting, please leave it in the comments.
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