Whom to contact if you believe you have been defrauded
Below are the Federal and state (Maryland, where several of the companies are located) agencies you need to contact if you believe you have been defrauded.
These agencies have the expertise, resources, standing, and authority to properly investigate and prosecute, if warranted.
*** The best contact on the Federal law enforcement level is probably Chief Kathleen Gavin of the Fraud and Corruption Section at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland, 36 S. Charles Street , 4th Fl., Baltimore, MD 21201; Tel. 1-410-209-4800.
*** If your complaint involves the purchase of a security or being provided financial advice by an unlicensed financial advisor, contact Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director and/or Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the Division of Enforcement, c/o Securities Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE, Washington, DC 20549; Tel. 1-202-551-4500; see also:
*** If you have received any promotion, renewal notice, or product via the US mails, the US Postal Inspector may have jurisdiction:
Contact Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, c/o U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Criminal Investigations Service Center; ATTN: MAIL FRAUD; 433 W Harrison Street, Room 3255; Chicago, IL 60699-3255; Tel.1-877-876-2455; see also:
*** The Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20580; Tel. 1-202-326-2222; also may have jurisdiction. See:
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0296-sample-consumer-complaint-lettere and https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
*** The Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554; Tel. 1-888-225-5322; https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us, may also be helpful. (See below for unwanted commercial email.)
*** For assistance by Maryland State law enforcement, the best contact is Attorney General Brian Frosh [personal], c/o Maryland Attorney General’s Offices, 200 St. Paul Place, Baltimore, MD 21202; Main number: 1- 410-576-6300; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; See also:
The Maryland AG vigorously litigates consumer fraud.
Consumers also should file complaints with their respective district’s US Attorney’s Offices (Fraud Divisions) and state’s Attorney General’s Offices, especially those located in Chicago or New York, where the agencies frequently investigate fraud schemes, esp. those involving options and securities.
Provide copies of promotional claims, purchase agreements, any financial transactions (both related to purchases AND to investments made pursuant to advice), as well as any correspondence.
Where available, obtain and save any past and current performance records provided by the business to compare promotional claims with actual results. Retain copies of any communications between customer service representatives and you that may indicate you were provided with personalized investment advice.
If you would like to report a complaint about unsolicited commercial e-mail, contact the Federal Trade Commissionspam@uce.gov;