By Senior Officer Larry Jacobs

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American.

The FTC offers many crime prevention pamphlets on their website,, and you can either order them or download them.

Examples include: Do Not Call Registry, Identity Theft, Credit Fraud and Credit Counseling advice.

Below I have listed what I feel are some of the more important websites and numbers.

  • Report ID Theft – or call 877-ID-THEFT
  • Get a free copy of your credit report – or call 877-322-8228
  • Stay safe online –|
  • Sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry – or call 888-382-1222
  • Report a rip-off – or call 877-FTC-HELP
  • Hang up on phone fraud –
  • Learn how your business can protect personal information –
  • Get consumer tips before you buy –
  • Order free publications from the FTC –

Senior Officer Larry Jacobs works in the crime prevention division of the Sandy Springs Police Department. He can be reached at