Data and Visualizations

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.

Consumer Protection Data and Visualizations

The FTC collects reports from consumers about fraud, identity theft, and other consumer problems. These reports are stored in the Consumer Sentinel Network (“Sentinel”) database. Annual and quarterly Sentinel data is available for exploration on the FTC’s interactive online dashboards, and is also released annually in the Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. The FTC encourages use of the data to advance consumer education, research, and the development of solutions to address marketplace problems.

Selected topics based on trends seen in the Sentinel data are explored in greater depth in the Consumer Protection Data Spotlight.

Consumer Protection Data Spotlight

Scammers Increasingly Demand Payment by Gift Card

Through Consumer Sentinel we hear from people across the country about frauds they encounter in the marketplace. One thing we learn from these reports is how scammers want to be paid. People are telling us that they’re increasingly being told to pay with gift cards – specifically, by giving someone the PIN number off the back of a gift card. Often people are specifically asked for certain brands, like iTunes and Google Play cards.

Interactive Dashboards

Click on a dashboard to go to the Tableau Public website to explore aggregated statistics about fraud, identity theft, and other consumer protection problems. See the Data Guide for more information.

State by State

Identity Theft
Top Reports

Fraud and Age Data
Fraud Facts

Military Data

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 Network 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.

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