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Law Enforcement Jurisdictions:

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U.S. City Precincts, Borough, and Township Jurisdictions:


Boroughs and townships frequently fall under County Sheriff jurisdiction.

If they do not, if the borough or township has its own police force, that agency may or may not have a fraud specialist; you may want to file your complaint with a national agency instead.

Cities, on the other hand, are divided into districts called precincts.  Jurisdiction is decided by the address where the crime took place.  Therefore, if you live on the East Side but the crime took place on the West Side, you would file your complaint with the West Side police precinct.  Of course, you can file your complaint at the police station nearest to where you live, but the crime will still be referred to the precinct in which it occurred.

Many city police departments have a fraud division or you may be referred to the Theft Division. Depending on the complexity of the fraud and the number of jurisdictions it covers, the fraud division may request assistance from other enforcement services like the state's Bureau of Investigation or federal enforcement.




When to contact the police:

When you have knowledge or evidence of

> A fraud that is being committed locally, meaning that both victim and con artist are located in the same neighborhood or city.

> You need to show that you have filed a report with your local police in order to work with another enforcement agency.

Some examples of local fraud:

>Merchant fraud

>Palm readers, channelers, occultists, etc.

>Home improvement fraud

>Automobile service fraud

>Sales fraud

>Selling of stolen property

>Phony salespeople

>Phony charity drive

>Phony medical claims or practices

>Jamaican Switch

>Scholarship search fraud, educational fraud

>Bank examiner schemes


>Frauds perpetrated on the elderly

>Phony model agency schemes

>Phony child star schemes


How to contact your local police:

Look in your phone book or call information for the police station that patrols the community in which the crime is being or has been committed and ask for either the Bunco Division, Detective Division, or Theft & Burglary Division.

Search online: [name of city, borough, or township] police department.

If you are calling in a tip that you suspect someone of a violation, before you call write down what you want to say, including valid reasons for your suspicions. 

If you are calling in with direct, personal knowledge and/or and experience, have your long narrative or short narrative and evidence package ready.


U.S. County Jurisdictions


Sheriff's Department:

A Sheriff's Department has jurisdiction over unincorporated land, townships, and boroughs, and is hired by incorporated communities that cannot or do not choose to afford their own police department.

Sheriff Departments are seldom presented with complex financial fraud crimes.  However, Sheriffs overseeing counties containing major financial centers such as Los Angeles County do have experience with sophisticated fraud schemes.  

Unless the fraud is entirely local to the community overseen by the Sheriff's Department, it is better to contact another fraud enforcement agency. However, it is always a courtesy to inform local enforcement of any criminal activity that touches on their jurisdiction.


When to contact the Sheriff's Department:

When you have knowledge or evidence of a fraud in which both the victim(s) and the swindler(s) are located within the boundaries patrolled by the Sheriff's Department.




How to contact the Sheriff's Department:

>  If you reside within the jurisdiction where the crime took place, the phone number will be found in your local phone book.

>  If you reside outside the jurisdiction where the crime took place, you can contact your nearest Sheriff's Department and ask for the correct phone number.  Most Sheriff's Departments can be found online. Search online: [name of county] sheriff

>  If you are not certain about the enforcement agency for a certain borough or township, call information and ask for the sheriff's office for that community.

If you are calling in a tip that you suspect someone of a violation, before you call write down what you want to say, including valid reasons for your suspicions. 

If you are calling in with direct, personal knowledge and/or and experience, have your long narrative or short narrative and evidence package ready.



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