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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.

LOS ANGELES

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
http://da.co.la.ca.us/oc.htm

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
http://www.lacity.org/atty/

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


CALIFORNIA

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
http://caag.state.ca.us/consumers/index.htm

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
http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/


NATIONAL

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.
http://www.ic3.gov/

The Federal Trade Commission Bureau of Consumer Protection handles internet, telemarketing and fraud-related complaints against businesses and organizations.
http://www.ftc.gov/

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

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.
http://www.usps.com/postalinspectors/fraud/