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Free Publications for Businesses About Email Scams, Data Security, Internet Frauds, Identity Theft and How to Report Frauds

Now you can get free, useful free information about internet and data security from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for your business.  The publications are either in a plain text format, a PDF file (which prints just like the original publication) and in a few cases, a RAM or MP3 for an audio file that features one minute of related information from Shirley Rooker, director of WTOP's Call for Action.  If you want the PDF version, you'll need Adobe's free reader, which is loaded on most pc's these days already.  If not, you can obtain the free version here, from CNET or Adobe.

This information is direct from the Federal Trade Commission's website!


Business Practices

  • BBB-Online: Code of Online Business Practices [TEXT]

Children and advertising

  • Frequently Asked Questions About the Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule [TEXT]
  • How to Comply With The Children's Online Privacy Protection Rule [TEXT] [PDF]
  • Internet Auctions: A Guide for Buyer and Sellers [TEXT] [PDF]

Consumer reports and reporting




Energy and Environmental Marketing Claims

Fraud Prevention

Identity Theft

Product Labeling

  • Appliance Labeling Rule Homepage [TEXT]

Security and Technology  for Your Business


Rules, Laws and Enforcement


  • Combating Internet Fraud and Deception (05/01) [PDF]
  • Going, Going, Gone... Law Enforcement Efforts to Combat Internet Auction Fraud (2/14/00) [PDF]
  • Internet Case List (05/01) [PDF]

Public Comments

  • Electronic Signatures In Global And National Commerce Act (2001) [TEXT]
  • Electronic Media Issues [TEXT]
  • U.S. Perspectives on Consumer Protection in the Global Electronic Marketplace [TEXT]

Rules and Acts

  • Identity Theft and Assumption Deterrence Act [TEXT] [PDF]

Staff Comments and Letters

  • Consumer Privacy in the Online Marketplace (12/96) [TEXT] [PDF]
  • Consumer Privacy in the Online Marketplace (12/96) Appendices [PDF]
  • Fighting Consumer Fraud: New Tools of the Trade (4/98) [ZIP-WP6] [TEXT] [PDF]
  • Fighting Consumer Fraud: The Challenge and the Campaign (01/97) [TEXT]
  • Going, Going, Gone... Law Enforcement Efforts to Combat Internet Auction Fraud (2/14/00) [TEXT] [PDF]
  • Protecting Children's Privacy Under COPPA: A Survey on Compliance [PDF]
  • Privacy Online: A Report to Congress [TEXT]
  • Children and Privacy Online [TEXT]
  • Protecting Consumers Online: A Federal Trade Commission Report on the First Five Years of Its Internet Law Enforcement Program [PDF]


  • Chairman Pitofsky: Internet Privacy [TEXT]
  • Chairman Pitofsky: Protection of Children's Privacy on the World Wide Web [TEXT]
  • Commissioner Anthony: Children's Online Privacy [TEXT]

Workshops & Seminars

  • Etail dEtails: A Special Seminar on Internet Marketing (2001) [TEXT]
  • The Mobile Wireless Web, Data Services and Beyond: Emerging Technologies and Consumer Issues (2000) [TEXT]
  • Joint Workshop on Alternative Dispute Resolution for Online Consumer Transactions (2000) [TEXT]
  • U.S. Perspectives on Consumer Protection in the Global Electronic Marketplace (1999) [TEXT]
  • Interpretation of Rules and Guides for Electronic Media (1999) [TEXT]
  • Public Workshop on Consumer Information Privacy (1997) [TEXT]
  • Consumer Privacy on the Global Information Infrastructure (1996) [TEXT]
  • Consumer Protection and the Global Information Infrastructure Workshop (1995) [TEXT]

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Names used by scammers in the examples on this page and others often belong to real people and businesses who often have no knowledge of nor connection to the scammer's use of their name and information.  Sample scam emails and other documents are copies of the scam to help potential victims recognize and avoid it.  You should presume that any names used and presented here in a scam are either fictitious or used without their legitimate owner's permission.
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