MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE


General Order


CHAPTER: 34 - D

TITLE: Identification Theft Investigation Procedures

EFFECTIVE DATE:

August 19, 2009

NO. PAGES: 8

AMENDED:

REFERENCE:

CALEA 42.2.8

RESCINDS:

Special Order: Identification Theft Investigation Procedures 07.05.2007

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Sheriff of Monroe County


Purpose: The purpose of this policy is to establish uniform procedures to ensure a complete investigation of identity theft crimes.


Policy: It is the policy of the Sheriff to thoroughly investigate all identity theft crimes and assist victims in recovering losses.


Discussion: Florida ranks in the top 10 states for identity crimes. They can be as devastating to the victim as some crimes of violence. Under the provisions of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, an Identity Theft report may be filed wherever the reporting party lives or has lived.


Definitions


Identity Theft: Identity theft is a crime in which the imposter obtains key pieces of information such as Social Security and driver's license numbers and uses them for his or her own gain. Victims are left with a tainted reputation and the complicated task of restoring their good names.


There are four types of identity theft crime:


Financial ID Theft —Typically focuses on the victim’s name and Social Security number (SSN). The imposter may apply for telephone service, credit cards or loans, buy merchandise, lease cars or apartments using the victim’s identity.


Criminal ID Theft —The imposter in this crime provides the victim's information instead of his or her own when stopped by law enforcement. Eventually when the warrant for arrest is issued it is in the victim’s name.

Identity Cloning —In this crime the imposter uses the victim's information to establish a new life. The imposter works and lives as the victim. Examples: Illegal aliens, criminals avoiding warrants, becoming a "new person" to leave behind a poor work and financial history.


Business or Commercial Identity Theft — Businesses can also be victims of identity theft. Typically the perpetrator gets credit cards or checking accounts in the name of the business. The business finds out when unhappy suppliers send collection notices or their business rating score is affected.


Deputy’s responsibilities when taking Identity Theft report:



Addendum A

INITIAL VICTIM OF IDENTITY THEFT STATEMENT AND

FRAUDULENT ACCOUNT INFORMATION REQUEST- Credit Issuers or Merchants

Date:

Sent certified, return receipt mail: Number


TO: [Credit Issuer] FAX

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ACCOUNT NO. REFERENCE NO.

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FROM: [Your Name]

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I have learned that an unauthorized account has been opened with your company or bank. I did not open this account and have not given permission to anyone else to open this account for me. I have not benefited by this account. You shall consider this account to be fraudulent and a case of identity theft.


Below is my identifying information. I have filed a report with my local police department. Under CA (PC 530.8) and WA law, all lenders and credit issuers must provide documentation regarding all fraudulent accounts opened in another’s identity and do so within ten days. The Cantwell-Enzi amendment to the nationally approved FACTA (effective June 2, 2004) will require compliance with this request within 30 days.


Further, credit issuers must provide that documentation and information to a police agency designated by the impersonated party. I am designating the below named detective(s)/prosecutors as additional recipients of all account information and documents.


Application Records or screen prints of Internet/phone applications Statements, Billing and Payment Records

Transaction Records/Charge Slips

Log of outgoing calls if a cell phone account or telephone utility Investigator’s Summary

Delivery addresses

Any other documents associated with the account

All records of phone numbers used to activate the account or to access the account


Additionally, I hereby request you immediately start an investigation, and remove any entries of this account, the application or inquiry records and collection notices from my credit report at once. I also wish to speak with a fraud investigator within 30 days about the status of this case. Once resolved, I expect a letter of clearance to be sent to me within 10 days.


Do not sell, distribute, trade, exchange, share, donate, giveaway and/or transfer information about this fraudulent account with any other entity except with the designated law enforcement agencies and prosecutors involved in this case.


Please notify any collection agencies that you may have sent this account to. Please do not assign this account to another collection agency. So far these criminals have stolen approximately $ in checks or credit charges in my name. We suspect there will be more until they are caught.

Be advised that reporting these items to the credit bureaus as collection items or continuing to pursue these debts from me would be considered a violation of the state and federal level Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.


Victim Information


  1. My full legal name is:


    (If different from above) When the events described in this affidavit took place, I was known as:


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  2. My birth date is (day/month/year):


  3. My Social Security number is


  4. My driver’s license or identification card number is: State #


  5. My current address is:


    City: State: Zip Code:


  6. I have lived at this address since (month/year)


  7. (If different from above) When the events described in this affidavit took place, my address was:


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    City: State: Zip Code:


  8. I lived at that address from until (month/year)


  9. My daytime telephone number is ( ) Cell ( )


  10. My evening telephone number is ( )


  11. My e-mail address is


How the Fraud Occurred (Check all that apply):


I did not authorize anyone to use my name or personal information to seek the money, credit, loans, goods or services described in this report.


I did not receive any benefit, money, goods, or services as a result of the events described in this report.


My identification documents (i.e., credit cards; birth certificate; driver's license; Social Security card, etc.) were stolen were lost on or about (day/month/year)


I don’t know who the imposter is at this time or how this happened.


I have proof that the following person(s) used my information (for example, my name, address, date of birth, existing account numbers, Social Security number, mother’s maiden name, etc.) or identification

documents to obtain money, credit, loans, goods, or services without my knowledge or authorization: (only fill out if you are certain)


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Name (if known) Name (if known)


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Address (if known) Address (if known)


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Phone number(s) (if known) Phone number(s) (if known)


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additional information (e.g. relationship) additional information (if known)


A report has been made with the following police/sheriff’s department. If you are unable to obtain a report or report number from the police, please indicate that by checking here . Instead of a police report I filed an official affidavit with the following agency (case # )


Name of agency: Case # Name of investigator if known: Contact information for law enforcement: (address/phone)


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Signature of victim: Date


I declare under penalty of perjury that this declaration is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. Knowingly submitting false information on this affidavit could subject me to criminal prosecution for perjury.


Have one witness (non-relative) sign below that you completed and signed this declaration.)


Witness:


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(signature) (printed name)


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(date) (telephone number)


List of enclosed documents:

Addendum B


Credit Bureaus



Experian

Fraud Center

https://www.experian.com1-888-397-3742


TransUnion

P.O. Box 6790 Fullerton, CA 92834 1-800-680-7289

fvad@transunion.com


Equifax

Equifax Credit Information Services, Inc.

P.O. Box 740241 Atlanta, GA 30374


Fraud Alert Call 1-888-766-0008