Federal Trade Commission (FTC)

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The FTC, the nation's consumer protection agency, works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them. Consumers can file a complaint or get free information on consumer issues from www.ftc.gov. The FTC enters credit, Internet, telemarketing, identity theft, and other fraud-related complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to hundreds of civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.

The FTC manages www.onguardonline.gov, a partnership of the federal government and the technology industry to help consumers guard against Internet fraud, secure their computers, and protect their personal information. The FTC also maintains www.ftc.gov/idtheft, a one-stop shop for information about identity theft, and www.ftc.gov/credit, a library of publications about credit issues.

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