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If You Were Scammed
If you were scammed, understand that you are not alone. Scams are a big business, and scammers have learned to be very convincing. Although it’s a shock to realize you were scammed, taking quick action to report scams can help you limit the damage.
If you lost money
- First try to stop the payment. Use our Stop Scam Payments tip sheet to find out how to stop recently made payments.
- Contact your police department to see if it will take a report. If the scam occurred online, consider filing a report with the FBI at ic3.gov
- Report the scam to Scam Squad. Cuyahoga County residents
should call 216-443-7226 for help reporting and recovering from scams.
If you lost personal information
Personal information is private information – like Social Security numbers, account numbers or passwords -- that can be used to access your account.
- Use this FTC’s ID theft recovery tool to get a personalized DIY guide to recovering from ID theft.
Report A Scam or Attempted Scam
Cuyahoga County residents are encouraged to report scams of all types to Scam Squad. Report online or call 216-443-SCAM (7226).
Need more help? Call Scam Squad at 216-443-7226 to talk to an investigator.
Reportar Estafas y Fraudes. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F 216-443-7226
The Department of Consumer Affairs’ mission is to make sure people who live or shop in Cuyahoga County get what they pay for.