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Consumer Awareness: Stopping Fraud Before It Starts

Making informed, sound financial decisions before finding yourself at risk for fraud should be the goal of every consumer. The resources here can help you learn how to make those choices.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
CFPBThe CFPB works to give consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies. They work to make regulations and guidance as clear and streamlined as possible so providers of consumer financial products and services can follow the rules on their own. Congress established the CFPB to protect consumers by carrying out federal consumer financial laws. Among other things, we:
  • Write rules, supervise companies, and enforce federal consumer financial protection laws
  • Restrict unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices
  • Take consumer complaints
  • Promote financial education
  • Research consumer behavior
  • Monitor financial markets for new risks to consumers
  • Enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance


FINRA Investor Alert: Avoiding Investment Scams
FINRA Reverse Mortgage Fraud Fact Sheet
HUD Don't be a Victim to Loan Fraud
FTC Mortgage Servicing Making Sure Your Payments Count 

Mortgage Fraud Resources List

The CFPB is looking out for homeowners who might be victims of predatory lending or unfair consumer practices. Find out how to get help, or submit a complaint if you believe you have been taken advantage of.  There is also a special section that can help walk you through mortgage jargon.


OVC LOGOThis project is supported by Grant 2011-VF-GX-K021, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime,Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this document are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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