What do I do if I am the Victim of Identity Theft?
If you are a victim you may have already experienced calling several police departments only to be re-directed to one that you just called! This problem originates from the fact that in most situations Peace Officers in Utah can only file charges on crimes that occur in their jurisdiction (ie. city limits). In addition to this most agencies will not take a report of a crime that hasn't occurred in their city. Finally, charges can’t be filled against a suspect without a report taken.
In 2000 the Utah legislature changed that limitation for Identity Theft when they created the "Idenity Fraud Act" (76-6-1101-see link, click chapter 6, then 1101 to see code).
The Utah Attorney General's Office has set up a 'login' based website for those who are victims of Identity theft.
The idea behind the design of the website is to help overcome the problems associated with crimes involving multiple jurisdictions and assist the victim in getting his/her identity back!
Farmington City Police Department has adopted the following policy to report and investigate Identity Theft crimes:
- Gather any and all information on the uses of your identity (who, what, where, when, how much . . . etc)
- Click on the link below (www.idtheft.utah.gov) and create a account and fill in everything that you know so far.
- If you feel that you need help in doing this, call Farmington Police (801-451-5453) and make an appointment with a detective. Remember to bring with you any all documents, phone numbers, receipts… etc that you have that are connected to this case.
- After the account has been created the appropriate (Utah) law enforcement agencies will be contacted by email through the account that you created using the information that you entered. As they respond with case numbers and information you will be able to keep track of the progress being made through your account.
- The Attorney General’s office has plans to expand this site to other states and agencies in time (see site for scheduled improvements).
Click on the link below to access the Attorney General's ID theft reporting page: