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BBB & Partners look to Bring the Fight to Marketplace Fraud

Inaugural meeting held in Fargo

Burnsville, Minnesota – February 12, 2013 – On Thursday, February 14, the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB), brought together leading federal and state regulatory agencies – including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) – as well as other law enforcement organizations to convene the first meeting of the North Dakota Committee Against Marketplace Fraud (CAMF) in Fargo. The BBB established CAMF meetings in Minnesota in 2007.

“We’re very excited to bring this initiative to North Dakota and proud to work closely with so many established agencies and consumer protection organizations,” said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB of Minnesota and North Dakota. “We feel by pooling our efforts, we’ll all be better equipped to act quickly to crack down on fraudulent offers and entities.”

Due to the sensitive nature of the topics being discussed, CAMF meetings are not open to the public. And because information disseminated may be used in investigations and sometimes prosecutions, the individual representatives from the different agencies and regulatory bodies all sign non-disclosure agreements prior to participating in these meetings. The goal of the meetings is to share information and help identify fraudulent offers and problematic business practices, thereby allowing each agency to prioritize their investigative or enforcement efforts.

“We’ve had terrific results with CAMF in Minnesota, and we’re confident this initiative will enjoy the same success and help all involved serve the people of North Dakota even better,” added Badgerow.

Going forward, CAMF meetings will be held quarterly in North Dakota. Just some of the agencies represented at the inaugural meeting on February 14 included: Federal Trade Commission; ND Secretary of State’s Office; United States Postal Inspection Services; Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division; ND Protection and Advocacy Project; Fargo Police Dept. – Financial Fraud Division; FBI – North Dakota District Office; ND Department of Health; U.S. Secret Service – ND Division; Homeland Security – ND Division; and Homeland Security – State and Local Intelligence Center – ND Division.

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