Fraud Awareness

Consumer Protection — FTC. The place to start.
Consumer Complaint Form — FTC. "…your complaint helps us investigate fraud, and can lead to law enforcement action."
Cross Border complaints — International Cooperation Site. Members: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United kingdom, and United States. "Committee on Consumer Policy, which is comprised of high-level consumer policy and law enforcement officials from Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region, focuses on issues related to cross-border consumer transactions."
Federal Trade Commission — FTC. "Working for consumer protection and a competitive marketplace." Inventor's door for registering complaints with the folks that can do something about it. This site has a lot of useful information and links and is the place to go if you suspect a scam.
Fraud Reporting On Line —FTC. Consumer Protection. E-Commerce and the Internet. "File a Complaint On Line."
Fraud Center — Neustel Law offices "Helping Inventors Through Education". The National Inventor Fraud Center, Inc. is a North Dakota corporation owned by: Neustel Law Offices, LTD. See also California Codes .
HyperInfo.CA — Hyper Info Canada Inc. A useful page on multitudinous topics including information on scams in general.
Invention Related Scams — Inventnet (Victor Lavrov.) "This brochure tells you how to spot some common signs of trouble, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you become a victim. It also lists government agencies and private organizations that offer additional information and assistance. . . . Often, it is difficult to distinguish between a fraudulent invention promotion firm and a legitimate one. This may be because unscrupulous and honest firms often use many similar advertising and sales techniques, market evaluations, and contract strategies."
Invention Promotion Firms —FTC. Heads up, and common sense tips on how to detect fraudulent operations straight from Uncle Sam.
InventorEd —Excellent place to start. If you are a novice, try: http://www.inventored.org/novice/.
National Inventor Fraud Center — NIFC. "Helping inventors through education."
Scamsters Abound — Business Week / McGraw Hill. Late news from the FTC.

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