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Here are some phone numbers of government agencies for several major categories of consumer problems:

The Federal Trade Commission at (877) 382-4357 handles complaints about credit reporting agencies.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency handles complaints about national banks and offices of foreign banks, or banks with the initials N. A. after their name.  Call (800) 613-6743.

If a bank says it is a member of the Federal Reserve System then call (202) 452-3693.

Savings Assocations and Savings Banks and banks with the initials F.S.B. are handled by the Office of Thrift Supervision at (800) 842-6929.

Federal Credit Unions are regulated by the National Credit Union Administration at (703) 519-4600.

State-chartered banks are regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at (877) 275-3342.

Airlines and railroads and bus companies are regulated by the Department of Transportation at (202) 366-1306.

Abandoned and Forgotten money

The phone number for the California State Comptroller's Office to find abandoned property and lost money -- including forgotten bank safe deposit boxes, brokerage accounts, and utility deposits is: 1-800-992-4647 


In Case of Emergency, ICE

You should have a listing on your cell phone that says ICE or "in case of emergency."  Paramedics and police know to check cell phones for emergency contact numbers on cell phone numbers listed as ICE.


Your office phone number...

should be listed in your luggage when you take a trip.  If the luggage gets lost or stolen crooks will not have your home number or home address and won't be able to rob you.  Your office phone number will help get your luggage returned if airline personnel find it and call your office.

Here on our new media website "Moneyman" Alan Mendelson who is the original Best Deals TV Show reporter on KCAL9 and consumer advocate, shows you the best deals on TV, and the best buys, bargains and where savvy shoppers go to save, and how to get the most for "your money" with the best of Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County.  Our Best Buys TV Show has the best TV deals and is the only regularly scheduled weekly best deals TV show in Southern California.  We show you the best buys and best deals on TV and more deals and bargains on and and watch for our Las Vegas TV show Vegas Best Buys.  Some of the content can come from paid advertising and from our advertiser paid TV infomercial programs.  The Best Buys TV Show is a paid infomercial program which may also include news and information which is not sponsored or paid for by advertisers. has the highest ranking among competitive sites in Southern California according to the independent website ranking companies and and our Best Buys TV Show is the most watched shopping and consumer information show in Southern California.

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