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The FTC collects data related to various aspects of its mission and work, and shares that data in different formats and at different levels of frequency. This page links to visualizations, reports, API endpoints, and datasets.

Explore Data with the FTC

Featured Dashboard - Link to interactive U.S. map and other visualizations showing FTC refunds by case.Explore Data lets you dig into consumer data on fraud, identity theft, unwanted calls, and other consumer problems based on reports from the public to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network database and complaints to FTC about unwanted calls. Our interactive dashboards let you spot trends and find out about top reports in your state and around the country. You can also dig into data about refunds the FTC got for people in FTC law enforcement cases, and see where that money went.

Consumer Protection Data Spotlight

Don’t bank on a “cleared” check

Fake check scams take advantage of what we don’t know about how banks handle check deposits. Scammers do know, and they trick people into sending them money before the bank spots the fake. The FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network database shows that people reported more than 27,000 fake check scams in 2019, with reported losses topping $28 million dollars. And the data suggest that fake check scams disproportionately harm young adults – especially people in their twenties.

Annual Reports

The FTC releases annual data based on reports provided by the public. Reports of fraud, identity theft and other consumer problems are reported in the Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. Reports of unwanted phone calls are reported in the Do Not Call Data Book.

Consumer Sentinel Data Book

Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book
Do Not Call Data Book

Do Not Call Data Book

API (application programming interface)

The FTC strives to make its data available in machine-readable formats. It currently makes its HSR Early Termination Notices, related to mergers and acquisitions and released most weekdays, available via an API endpoint.

Data Sets

The FTC makes a variety of data sets related to competition and consumer protection available on an annual basis. It also publishes numbers of unwanted phone calls reported by consumers to DoNotCall.gov on a daily basis.

Data Governance Board

The FTC Data Governance Board works to evolve the Commission's policies and practices in order to treat data as a strategic asset in support of The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 ("Evidence Act").

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