Identity Theft a Continuing Threat

Identity theft is continually on the rise, stretching law enforcement resources to a breaking point.  Though there are laws already on the books that cover the broad range of offenses, getting a law enforcement agency to do an investigation will be a chore.  I’m sure some agencies will take a report, if you prepare one,  but beyond that you might be the one that will need to do the follow up. I encourage you to do that.  What might start out as a small loss, can quickly grow to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

I have worked enough of these cases, collected the documentary evidence, interviewed witnesses, obtained video, conducted surveillance, and continually updated federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.  While the local agencies have been very helpful and arrested many of the perpetrators, it is usually the federal law enforcement agencies that have had the greatest impact based on the number of years the criminal is sent to prison.  However, for the case to go federal the dollar loss usually needs to be significant.

I have found the United States Secret Service and the United States Social Security Special Agents to be the most proactive in these cases.

For information from the United States Department of Justice relating to identity theft and more go to http://www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/websites/idtheft.html

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