How to Report Fraud in California

To report fraud or a scam in the state of California, start with the Attorney General, Better Business Bureau or contact the local municipal, state or Federal regulators most likely to have answers to your questions.

California Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General: Edmund G. Brown

AG http://oag.ca.gov/

California Department of Justice

Attn: Public Inquiry Unit

P.O. Box 944255

Sacramento, CA 94244-2550

Phone: 916-322-3360

Toll-Free: 800-952-5225 (in CA)

Fax: 916-323-5341

California Employment Development Department

The California EDD offers several options for you to report fraud:

Report Unemployment Insurance, Disability Insurance, or Paid Family Leave fraud:

  • Call: 1-800-229-6297

Report Payroll Tax Fraud:

  • Call: 1-800-528-1783
  • Email: ueo@edd.ca.gov
  • Fax: 916-227-2772

To report other types of fraud:

If your allegation involves fraud in the following programs please call the Agencies listed below.

  • Workers Compensation – Contact the California State Department of Insurance at 1-800-927-4357.
  • Social Security Insurance – Contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-269-0271.

California Lemon Law

If an auto dealer fails to comply with the Car Buyer’s Bill of Rights, you may complete and mail a Record of Complaint Form (INV 172A) to the Department of Motor Vehicles. The form is available:

  • On the Internet at www.dmv.ca.gov under the Forms menu,
  • By calling 1-800-777-0133 to have it mailed to you, or
  • At your local DMV field office.

The form provides the addresses of DMV Investigations District Offices.

Check an auto dealer’s license status

You can check a dealer’s license status by going online at www.dmv.ca.gov and click on the links:

  • “Online Services,” and
  • “Occupational Licensing Information System.”

FBI Field Offices, Mortgage Fraud

White Collar Crime Supervisor

http://losangeles.fbi.gov/

11000 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1700, FOB

Los Angeles, CA 90024-3672

Phone: 310-477-6565

White Collar Crime Supervisor

http://sacramento.fbi.gov/

4500 Orange Grove Avenue

Sacramento, CA 95841-4205

Phone: 916-481-9110

White Collar Crime Supervisor

http://sandiego.fbi.gov/

Federal Office Building

9797 Aero Drive

San Diego, CA 92123-1800

Phone: 858-565-1255

White Collar Crime Supervisor

http://sanfrancisco.fbi.gov/

450 Golden Gate Avenue, 13th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94102-9523

Phone: 415-553-7400

HUD Field Office

Fresno Field Office

2135 Fresno Street

Suite 100

Fresno, CA 93721-1718

Phone: 559-487-5033

Fax: 559-487-5191

Los Angeles Field Office

611 W. Sixth Street, Suite 800

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 213-894-8007

Fax: 213-894-8110

Sacramento Field Office

925 L Street

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-498-5220

Fax: 916-498-5262

San Diego Field Office

Symphony Towers, Suite 1600

750 B Street

San Diego, CA 92101-8131

Phone: 619-557-5305

Fax: 619-557-5312

Santa Ana Field Office

Santa Ana Federal Building, Room 7015

34 Civic Center Plaza

Santa Ana, CA 92701-4003

Phone: 714-796-5577

Fax: 714-796-1285

HUD Regional Office

San Francisco Regional Office

600 Harrison St. 3rd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94107-1300

Phone: 415-489-6400

Fax: 415-489-6419

California Department of Corporations

Financial Services Division

http://www.corp.ca.gov/FSD/default.asp

320 West 4th Street, Suite 750

Los Angles, CA 90013-2344

Toll-Free: 800-347-6995 – CA only

Phone: 213-576-7690

Nationally Chartered Credit Unions

Region V – Tempe

http://www.ncua.gov/AboutNcua/org/Region5.htm

1230 W. Washington Street, Suite 301

Tempe, AZ 85281

Phone: 602-302-6000

Fax: 602-302-6024

State-Chartered Credit Unions

California Department of Financial Institutions

111 Pine Street, Suite 1100

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-263-8537

Fax: 415-399-9515

Savings & Loan Association or Savings Bank

Office of Thrift Supervision

Consumer Complaints and Inquiries

Email: consumer.complaint@ots.treas.gov

West Region – San Francisco Regional Office

Pacific Plaza

2001 Junipero Serra Boulevard, Suite 650

Daly City, California 94014-1976

Mail: PO Box 7165

San Francisco, CA 94120-7165

Phone: 50-746-7000

Fax: 650-746-7001

Complaints: 800-842-6929

Southern California Area Office

Bentall Executive Center

551 North Tustin Avenue, Suite 1050

Santa Ana, California 92705-8635

Phone: 714-796-4700

Fax: 714-796-4710

Complaints: 800-842-6929

Seattle Area Office

101 Stewart Street, Suite 1010

Seattle, Washington 98101-2419

Phone: 206-829-2600

Fax: 206-829-2620

Complaints: 800-842-6929

National Fair Housing Alliance

http://www.nationalfairhousing.org/

National Contact: Email: nfha@nationalfairhousing.org

1212 New York Avenue, NW Ste 525

Washington, DC 2005

Phone: 202-898-1661

Fax: 202-371-9744

California Department of Real Estate

http://www.dre.cahwnet.gov/

2201 Broadway

Sacramento, CA 95818-2500

Phone: 916-227-0770

Fax: 916-227-0777

California Office of Real Estate Appraisers

http://www.orea.ca.gov/

1102 Q Street, Suite 4100

Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone: 916-552-9000

California Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Better Business Bureau of Central California

http://fresno.bbb.org

Email: info@bbbcencal.org

Phone: 559-222-8111

Fax: 559-228-6518

4201 W. Shaw Ave., Ste. 107

Fresno CA 93722

Better Business Bureau of Central California

http://bakersfield.bbb.org

Email: info@bbbcencal.org

Phone: 661-322-2074

Fax: 661-322-8318

1601 H Street, Suite 101

Bakersfield CA 93301

Better Business Bureau of Northeast California

http://Necal.bbb.org

Email: info@necal.bbb.org

Phone: 916-443-6843

Fax: 916-443-0376

3075 Beacon Blvd

West Sacramento CA 95691

Better Business Bureau of Northern Nevada

http://reno.bbb.org

Email: information@renobbb.org

Phone: 775-322-0657

Fax: 775-322-8163

991 Bible Way

Reno NV 89502

Better Business Bureau of Northern San Joaquin Valley & Mother Lode

http://midcal.bbb.org

Email: info@midcalbbb.org

Phone: 209-948-4880

Fax: 209-465-6302

11 S. San Joaquin Street, Ste. 803

Stockton CA 95202-3202

Better Business Bureau of San Diego

http://sandiego.bbb.org

Email: info@sandiego.bbb.org

Phone: 858-496-2131

Fax: 858-496-2141

5050 Murphy Canyon, Ste. 110

San Diego CA 92123

Better Business Bureau of Silicon Valley

http://sanjose.bbb.org

Email: info@bbbsilicon.org

Phone: 408-278-7400

Fax: 408-278-7444

1112 S Bascom Ave

San Jose CA 95128

Better Business Bureau of the Golden Gate & Northern California

http://goldengate.bbb.org

Email: info@goldengate.bbb.org

Phone: 510-844-2000

Fax: 510-844-2100

1000 Broadway, Ste. 625

Oakland CA 94607

Better Business Bureau of the Southland

http://la.bbb.org

Email: info@labbb.org

Phone: 909-825-7280

Fax: 909-825-6246

315 N. La Cadena

Colton CA 92324-2927

Better Business Bureau of the Tri-Counties

http://santabarbara.bbb.org

Email: info@santabarbara.bbb.org

Phone: 805-963-8657

Fax: 805-962-8557

213 Santa Barbara St.

Santa Barbara CA 93101

Internet Crime Complaint Center

IC3’s mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding
the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and
easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations.
For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local and international level, IC3
provides a central referral mechanism for complaints involving Internet related crimes.

Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) system in the U.S. extends across the nation; coast-to-coast, and in
Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico. Since the founding of the first BBB in 1912, the BBB system has proven
that the majority of marketplace problems can be solved fairly through the use of voluntary self-regulation
and consumer education.

9 Responses

  1. jennifer says:

    Is there a website/ email that we can forward “potential” email scams???

  2. Micaela Porte says:

    Is there a site where we can report fraud in the public safety sector?

  3. Jubeth says:

    Is there any website were we can report a money scam?Thanks

  4. Gene says:

    I am trying to report a fraudulent DBA filing and get that person’s real address. No one is interested in helping, especially the Orange County Clerk-Recorder Department where it is registered.

  5. Layla says:

    I’m from the UK so I need some advice. If someone sets up a business in CA but hasied about their qualifications and falsified their diploma, is this an illegal offence? If so, who do I report it to?

  6. Alfredo says:

    Please, I need help, I invested money, and the CEO and her assistant are refusing to pay my money back, I have contracts and receipts , does any knows where or which department I have to report this fraud. I am Washington’s State resident, the fraud happened in Costa .Mesa .California. if some can help me with this issue.

  7. ladislado alvarado says:

    Hi someone is trying to blame me for taking a check that was mailed to him via USPS as part of an inheritance left by his mother after she died. The insurance check was devided by him and other relatives. He is stating that he never received that check and thus cashed bu someone else. I know that he sent someone else to cash that check so he could report it as never recieved so he could then recieve a second one and habe double the money. What do i do if i think he wants to blame me and who do I report him too

  8. john carr says:

    I’m 72 and embarrassed to say that I was just scammed for the first time. I was scanning websites when a loud alarm and a window popped up from PCFix247, saying to call immediately as my computer had a virus. I believe that the name Microsoft was used. So, I called and got reeled in to charging my c.c. to have my computer ‘fixed’ for a year at very high cost. Only afer, did I research their site to find out all the reported scams. But, I did report them to the FCC and IC3 and told them so in an email. They have been non-stop calling me to address it, but I refuse to answer. It’s now a face-off to see what happens.

  9. Sally says:

    There is an online tutoring company which withdrew an agreed amount of money from my visa and promised me a trial period. They said if I don’t like their services, they will refund me before the trial period ends. I called them to end my subscription before the trial period end date but they never refund me and when I logged in my account I found out that they have been deducting from my money. What can I do and how can I report them?

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