The Economic Crimes investigator is responsible for investigating crimes associated with checks and credit card fraud, grand theft, theft of public funds, embezzlement, theft by false pretenses, computer crimes, consumer fraud, a variety of business fraud and identity theft, real estate fraud and elder financial abuse.
Identity theft involves acquiring key articles of someone’s identifying information such as name, address, date of birth, social security number and mother’s maiden name in order to impersonate them. This information enables the identity thief to commit numerous forms of fraud that include, but are not limited to, taking over the victim’s financial accounts; opening new bank accounts; purchasing automobiles; applying for loans, credit cards and social security benefits; renting apartments; and establishing services with utility and phone companies.
Internet fraud involves transactions initiated via the Internet. This includes credit card fraud, investment fraud, Nigerian letter scams, business fraud, and non-delivery of merchandise. If you feel you are a victim of Internet fraud, you need to file a complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). The website to file the complaint is www.ic3.gov. The site also contains fraud prevention tips and detailed information regarding Internet fraud. The IC3 will process the complaint and forward a copy to the law enforcement agency where the suspect resides. Ultimately, the agency where the suspect resides will handle the investigation.
If you need additional information, contact Detective Kyle Milot at (949) 497-0701 or you can email him here.