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Agencies That Process Complaints Against Businesses and People

If the complaint is criminal, contact your local police department. For residents of Los Angeles, call the 24-hour police dispatch line at 213-928-8223 or visit your area police station. If art was the primary object taken, you can contact the Art Theft Detail at 213-485-2524 during business hours.


The Consumer Protection Division of the L.A. County District Attorney's Office investigates and prosecutes unfair or dishonest business practices.
Phone: 213-974-1452 or 213-580-3273

The Consumer Protection Section of the L.A. City Attorney's Office prosecutes fraudulent activities. The Dispute Resolution Program also offers free mediation and arbitration services.
Phone: 213-978-8070 or 877-522-2737

The L.A. County Department of Consumer Affairs investigates and resolves consumer complaints about unscrupulous, deceptive, and unfair business practices. It also provides a Dispute Settlement Service that mediates conflicts and disputes.
Phone: 213-974-1452
Online complaint form


The Public Inquiry Unit of the California Attorney General's Office handles consumer fraud complaints.
Phone: 800-952-5225 or 916-322-3360 outside of California

The Better Business Bureau for Southern California handles civil consumer complaints.
Phone: 909-825-7280
Online complaint form

California Lawyers for the Arts for Southern California is a non-profit organization that provides art arbitration, mediation, and dispute resolution services as well as lawyer referrals for art-related matters.
Phone: 310-998-5590


The Internet Fraud Complaint Center handles fraud committed over the internet. The IFCC works in partnership with the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.

The Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection handles internet, telemarketing and fraud-related complaints against businesses and organizations.

The National Fraud Information Center accepts complaints about Internet and telemarketing fraud.
Phone: 800-876-7060

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigates any crime in which the U.S. mail is used to further a fraud, whether it originated in the mail, by telephone, or on the internet.