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WHERE TO REPORT IDENTITY THEFT

Report all Identity Theft to the Federal Trade Commission, at http://www.IdentityTheft.gov.

IdentityTheft.gov is the federal government’s one-stop resource for reporting many types of identity theft. It also helps you to set up a recovery plan.  The site provides streamlined checklists and sample letters, to creditors and credit bureaus, to guide you step-by-step through the recovery process.

WHEN TO REPORT IDENTITY THEFT TO YOUR LOCAL POLICE AGENCY:

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) says it is important to report identity theft to the police in these three cases:

  1. You know the identity thief or you have other information that could aid a police investigation.
  2. An identity thief used your name in an encounter with the police. For instance, this might involve a traffic stop or arrest. In this case, contact the police agency where your information was used.
  3. A creditor, debt collector, or other affected party will not accept the FTC Identity Theft Report, and insists you produce a police report. Important to note: The FTC recommends filing an Identity Theft Report first, and including it when you file a police report.

ALL OTHER IDENTITY THEFT OFFENSES:

For all other identity theft offenses not taken care of with the FTC identity theft report, we will take a report if:

  • If you are a resident of Carrollton or
  • Your personal identifying information was used in Carrollton

Please complete the Identity Theft Affidavit and return it in person to the Carrollton Police Department.  Your identity must be verified and your signature witnessed for the affidavit. Click HERE and save document to your computer for editing.

PLEASE NOTE:

Identity theft cases are difficult to investigate as many suspects hide their information or use other identity theft victim’s information while committing their crimes.  We will investigate cases where a viable suspect is identified.   

REPORT A LOST OR MISUSED SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER?

For fraud relating to your social security number being used with the IRS, complete this form and send it to IRS.

Social Security card lost or stolen? Apply online for free to get a replacement card.

Do you think someone else is using your Social Security number for work? Review your Social Security work history by creating an account at socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. If you find errors, contact your local SSA office.

ONLINE SCAMS

For fraud or scams conducted online including Craigslist, money order scams, ransom ware, etc., file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at: www.ic3.gov

UNAUTHORIZED CHARGES TO CREDIT CARD

For unauthorized charges on your credit/debit card that occurred online, file an Identity Theft report with the Federal Trade Commission at www.identitytheft.gov.

If a charge was done at a physical location, file a report directly with the police agency where that occurred.  Charges that are done outside of Carrollton will not be investigated.

CHECK FORGERY

For check forgeries, ask your banking institution for the address where the forged check was passed and make a forgery report with that city’s police department.  Only make a report with the Carrollton Police Department if the check was passed in Carrollton (must have exact address, bank is required to release this to the victim per the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, FACTA). 

MAIL SCAM OR THEFT

Any theft or scams related to the U.S. Mail should be reported to The United States Postal Inspector at www.postalinspectors.uspis.gov

FINANCIAL CRIMES INCLUDING EMPLOYEE THEFT, FALSE STATEMENT TO OBTAIN CREDIT, ETC.

Please, contact the Carrollton Police Department at (972) 466-3333 to request an officer to make a report or come to the front desk of the Carrollton Police Department with your documentation.

LOST / STOLEN PASSPORT

Report a lost/stolen passport to the U.S. Department of State: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport; 1-877-487-2778

IDENTITY THEFT / SCAM INFORMATION AND RESOURCES: