Reporting Identity Theft
Identity theft and Internet based fraud are two of the fastest growing areas of criminal activity in the US today. It is perceived by many of the criminals as a “victimless” crime and is difficult to investigate due to many factors. The Tremonton Police Department is committed to fully investigating as many cases as possible that fall within our jurisdiction. However, due to the very nature of this crime, the department is often faced with jurisdicional issues that prevent us from investigating a given case. In an effort to provide a better service to the citizens in our community who have this crime directly impact them, we have put together a list of resources and links to help educate, prevent and resolve cases of identity theft and Internet fraud. Please read the following descriptions to help you determine where your individual case should be reported.
– If you have had your personal identify information used by another person, without your consent, and to obtain goods or services, then you may be the victim of identiy theft.
– If this has taken place in part or wholly within Tremonton City limits, then the Tremonton Police Department will have jurisdiction over the case. Please contact the police department by phone at 257-3131. You may also come to the department, which is located at 125 South 100 West in Tremonton.
Identity theft has taken place outside of Tremonton City, but has occurred within the state of Utah, please go to the Utah Attorney General’s web site to report the theft. You may reach them by following this link: http://www.idtheft.utah.gov
– If you are the victim of any other type of Internet based fraud or identity theft, please visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://ic3.gov/. This organization will get your complaint to the appropriate law enforcement agency for action.
Preventing Identity Theft and Credit Card Fraud
The Federal Trade Commission has compiled a comprehensive list of tips, resources and good advice, which can help to minimize your risk of becoming a victim of this rapidly growing criminal trend.
• ID Theft: What It’s All About
• Identity Crisis… What to Do If Your Identity is Stolen
• Fighting Back Against Identity Theft
• Avoiding Credit and Charge Card Fraud
• Credit, ATM and Debit Cards: What to Do If They Are Lost or Stolen
For additional information and resources, please visit the Federal Trade Commissions web site at: http://ftc.gov.