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What to Do When You’re a Victim of Identity Theft:Report to Law Enforcement

Perhaps the biggest 21st century nightmare is identity theft. Chances are that you -- yes, you -- will fall victim to identity theft at some point in your life.

If you are unfortunate enough to find yourself the victim of identity theft, there are some steps that you can take to minimize the damage that can be caused to you as the result of identity theft. Through this article, you will be presented with information about what to do when you’re a victim of identity theft. Specifically, you will be provided with information about reporting the crime of identity theft to law enforcement.

How to File a Report

In most communities, law enforcement officials have made the filing of a report pertaining to identity theft very easy. Law enforcement officers and officials understand that with the prevalence of identity theft today it is important that they make their offices as “user friendly” or “consumer friendly” as possible to encourage people to report these serious crimes.

You likely will have a number of options available to you when it comes to reporting identity theft. Because of the nature of identity theft as a crime, you likely would be best served visiting a police department office to report the crime. While in many communities, police officers will come to you when you need to report a crime, because of the nature of identity theft, you would be doing a favor to the overworked police department by going to their offices to file a report.

Generally, the police will make an officer available to you who will take down all information relevant to the crime of identity theft of which you have become a victim.



Special Identity Theft Units

As referenced a moment ago, most police departments have become attuned to the need to provide extensive aid and assistance when it comes to the crime of identity theft. To this end, many police department in larger communities have established identity theft units to deal specifically with this type of criminal activity. In some cities, special intensive task forces have been established to really fight identity theft head on.

What to Expect

You can expect the police department to be professional in handling the report of your identity theft. They will prepare a report of the crime that will aid and assist you in dealing with the aftermath of the identity theft crime.

Unless you actually know who perpetrated the identity theft against you, don’t expect a trial at any time in the immediate future … Indeed, despite stepped up efforts to fight identity theft and punish offenders, only a fraction of the people who commit identity theft are ever brought before a judge at this point in time

Conclusion & Summary

When it comes to responding to identity theft and preventing identity theft in the future, it is very important that you act swiftly and expediently in regard to identity theft. You need to take the time to file a police report to make certain that all of your rights fully are protected. In addition, only through the filing of a police report can you have some certainty that the person who has committed identity theft eventually is brought to justice.


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