Accounts deceivable

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Perhaps you see cops on the beat when they pass by your office. Maybe you serve on a committee with the Chief of Police or have a relative in the Sheriff’s Department. However you cross paths with local law enforcement, do them — and yourself — a favor by telling them about Consumer Sentinel.

What’s Consumer Sentinel? As this new video shows, it’s a unique investigative cyber-tool that gives members of the Consumer Sentinel Network access to millions of consumer complaints received by local, state, federal, and international law enforcers, dozens of Better Business Bureaus, and non-profit and corporate partners dedicated to the fight against fraud.

Identity theft tops the list, but this nonpublic database covers the broad range of scams, frauds, and shady practices. By tapping into the resources of Consumer Sentinel, a local police officer may find out that what looked like an isolated case of ID theft is actually part of an organized criminal operation that crosses state lines — and international borders. The Network also features Consumer Sentinel/Military, a special investigative tool for identifying and targeting consumer protection issues that affect members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

As helpful as Consumer Sentinel can be, some departments and agencies still don’t know about it. That’s why you’ll be doing them a favor by telling them about this free law enforcement-only resource.

But how would that help you?  When fraudsters con consumers, they leave other victims in their wake:  legitimate businesses left with a worthless stack of “accounts deceivable.” Whether it’s charges to stolen credit cards or maxed-out accounts opened in the name of an ID theft victim, fraud whacks businesses in the wallet.

When you suspect fraud, report it the appropriate authorities — often the FTC.  And encourage the law enforcers you know to participate in the Consumer Sentinel Network.

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