Helpful links

Please print out the lists below for your reference. Visit these sites the next time you are online.

Government Resources

Comptroller of the Currency – Consumer Protection News
www.occ.treas.gov/Consumer/phishing.htm
News from a federal agency dedicated to a safe and sound U.S. banking system

FAFSA on the Web
www.fafsa.ed.gov
How to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
www.fdic.gov
The independent governmental agency that regulates U.S. banking

  • Insurance on your deposits
  • Consumer news

Federal Reserve Board
www.federalreserve.gov

  • Consumer information
  • Comparing credit card offers

Federal Student Aid
www.studentaid.ed.gov
Information on federal student financial aid programs and a link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
www.ftc.gov

  • Consumer protection laws
  • Fraud prevention

Fraud Reporting
www.consumer.gov/idtheft
Report all suspicious or fraudulent activity to the Federal Trade Commission

Identity Theft Fact Sheet
www.ssa.gov/pubs/idtheft.htm
Helpful links related to identify theft provided by the Social Security Administration

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
www.irs.gov
Federal income tax

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)
www.occ.treas.gov
Bank regulations

Online fraud prevention
www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/guard/index.html
Don’t Be an Online Victim: information from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Social Security Administration
www.ssa.gov
Learn about your Social Security benefits

U.S. Department of Education
www.ed.gov/programs
Federal education initiatives and student financial aid programs, including federal grants

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
www.hud.gov

  • Buying and selling homes
  • Housing discrimination

U.S. Department of Justice – Internet & Telemarketing Fraud
www.usdoj.gov/criminal/fraud/internet
Internet and telemarketing fraud prevention

U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division
dol.gov/whd

  • Employment law
  • Workers’ rights

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
www.uspto.gov
Patent and trademark laws and procedures

U.S. Postal Service Inspectors – Identity Theft
postalinspectors.uspis.gov/investigations/MailFraud/fraudschemes/mailtheft/IdentityTheft.aspx
Collection of helpful tips and links related to identify theft

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
www.sba.gov

  • Starting, financing, and managing a small business
  • Finding new business opportunities

National Resources

ACT
www.act.org
ACT standardized test

American Bankers Association Consumer Connection
http://www.aba.com/ABAEF/consumers.htm
Information and advice on banking

Anti-Phishing Working Group
antiphishing.org
A global law enforcement association focused on eliminating fraud and identity theft

College Answer
www.collegeanswer.com
Steps in the financial aid process

Fakechecks.org
fakechecks.org/index2.html
Web site sponsored by the American Bankers Association and the U.S. Postal Service

FastWeb
www.fastweb.com
Scholarship database

Fight Identity Theft
www.fightidentitytheft.com/index.html
Web site dedicated to raising awareness of the risks and presenting clear steps consumers can take to protect themselves

Free Credit Reports
www.annualcreditreport.com
The jointly run site of the three largest credit bureaus in the United States: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. The Fair Credit Reporting Act allows you to receive one free copy of your credit report once a year from each company.

Homeownership Preservation Foundation
www.hopenow.com
Advice, assistance and support to help individuals and families who are struggling financially to stay in their homes.

National Consumer’s League Fraud Center
www.fraud.org
Information and tips for avoiding fraud

ScamBusters.org
www.scambusters.org
Web site dedicated to protecting consumers from scams

The College Board
www.collegeboard.com
SAT I & II standardized tests