Consumer Protection Programs

Scams, frauds, and schemes cost seniors, disabled consumers, and the federal government millions of dollars each year. The organizations listed below can help consumers avoid being victimized, preserve valuable assets and resources, and provide ways to report scams and questionable business practices. If you feel that you have been victimized by a fraud, scam or scheme, contact your local police department and the agencies listed in this section.

The Don’t Borrow Trouble program works with seniors to prevent them from becoming victims of predatory loan practices.
1-800-436-3180..................................................www.dontborrowtrouble.org

The National Do Not Call Registry allows individuals to limit the number of telemarketing calls they receive.
1-888-382-1222................................................................www.donotcall.gov

The Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration & Licensing Board, One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908, mediates disputes between homeowners and contractors.
222-1268........................................................................................www.crb.ri.gov

The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit, 150 South Main Street, Providence, RI 02903, provides assistance to consumers with complaints against businesses.
274-4400................................................................................www.riag.ri.gov

Rhode Island Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) helps persons to recognize and report  Medicare and Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse, and also to  get the most out of their health care. 
462-0931...............................462-0740 (TTY)........................www.dea.ri.gov

The U.S. Postal Service accepts reports and investigates claims of mail fraud.
276-6930................................................................................www.usps.com