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Introduction:

Navigating the system

Definition of jurisdiction

Definition of fraud with intent 

Jurisdiction specialties 

Inter-jurisdiction challenges 

Inter-jurisdiction cooperation 

The cost of a fraud investigation   

Helping to defray the expenses of a fraud investigation at no cost to you

The biggest obstacle for investigators

Understanding fraud evidence that demonstrates intent 

Losses to a group of scam victims

Your role as a scam victim or someone who has knowledge of a scam being perpetrated on others

 

Jurisdictions

Local Enforcement:

US city, borough, or township

County sheriffs

State enforcement:

State Attorney General's Office

State Attorney's Office

Office of the Secretary of State

State's Bureau of Investigation

State Securities Commission

Federal Enforcement:

Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI

Secret Service

US Marshals

US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Federal Trade Commission FTC

Securities & Exchange Commission SEC

Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division IRS

Overseas & International Enforcement:

INTERPOL

Scotland Yard  

The UK's Serious Fraud Office 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP - Mounties)

The National White Collar Crime Centre of Canada (NW4C) 

PhoneBusters  

Secret Service Overseas  

FBI Overseas

Internet

Internet Fraud Complaint Center 

Internet Better Business Bureau

National Fraud Information Center  

SEC Internet Enforcement Program

 

 

 

 

Work at home job scams: Payment Processing, Shipping, Check Writing, Western Union, MoneyGram, more...

 

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YOUR CHECK LIABILITY: How to really verify a check, money order, traveler's check, cashier's check, etc.

Your ID Theft Prevention To-Do List

Threats from scammers: What to do and how to do it

  

WHERE TO REPORT A SCAM: Choosing the right jurisdiction

Intro: Page 1 - Page 2

Law Enforcement Jurisdictions:

US City, Town, and County  US State  US Federal  Foreign & International  Internet

 

 

U.S. State Jurisdictions

 

When and how to contact

 

State Attorney General's Office

State Attorney's Office

Office of the Secretary of State

State's Bureau of Investigation

State Securities Commission

 

 

State Jurisdictions do not get involved in scams perpetrated from out of country or out of state unless at least one of the suspected scammers resides in or is operating out of that state.  Example: an alleged investment corporation is registered in one state and the scammer owners reside in another state.

 

If you are aware of a scam being perpetrated by a suspected fraudster living in another state, do not hesitate to contact the proper authorities in that state.

 

If you are calling in a tip that you suspect someone of a violation, before you call write down what you want to say or make some of notes so you remember everything you want to report.  There are few things more frustrating than remembering information you wanted to hand over after you've hung up the phone. 

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

 

 

 

STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE

In brief

As chief legal officers of the states, commonwealths, and territories of the United States, the Attorneys General serve as counselors to state government agencies and legislatures, and as representatives of the public interest. It is often said that Attorneys General occupy the intersection of law and public policy, dealing in areas as diverse as child support enforcement, drug policy, and environmental protection.

http://www.naag.org/about_naag.php
 

When to contact a state's Attorney General's Office.

As a general rule, Attorneys General do not have any authority over local law enforcement or a state's courts.  However, as an information source and guide to your state's processes and procedures, statutes (Criminal Code), Statutes of Limitations, and general legal directions to follow, they can be invaluable.

Not all Attorney General Offices are created equal.  Depending on state budgets and statutory and constitutional mandates, the availability of guidance differs.  Do not be dismayed.  Persistence usually pays off.  Don't be timid about knocking on all the AG's doors, including that of the Legal Department.  You will find the national list of Attorneys General on the US Attorney General's website.

 

STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE:

In brief

A state's attorney's office is a coordinator for state and local enforcement, providing support by representing the people of the state in criminal cases. 

Ordinarily, the state's attorney's office, like the U.S. Attorney's office, does not come into play until there is sufficient evidence that a crime has been committed to warrant action on the part of the state.  A state's attorney's office does not perform primary investigation tasks.

 

When to contact your State Attorney's Office:

Unless you have already filed a report with law enforcement, you would not accomplish anything by contacting a State Attorney's Office.

On the other hand, if your report has gone far enough that warrants have been issued and a Prosecuting Attorney has been assigned to the case, then you will be given the name and phone number of the Prosecutor.

If you feel that your case is sitting in a pile of cases somewhere or is being ignored because you are "only a scam victim," you may want to call your State Attorney's Office.

Search: [name of state] attorney general

   

THE OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF STATE:

In brief

Among other duties, a state's Secretary administers corporate and trademark laws, business registrations, partnerships, limited liability partnerships, trade names, licensing for various professions and trade crafts, and more.

When to contact a state's Office of the Secretary of State:

Contact a Secretary of State's Office when you are the victim of a corporation, licensed professional, or licensed tradesman, whether or not you live in the state or country where the problem business is registered.

Secretary of State offices normally have an online database for you to search to determine the existence and status of a registered business.  It is wise to use this service before making your call.

Search: [name of state] secretary of state

 

THE STATE'S BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION:

In brief

A state's bureau of investigation is a support facility for state and local enforcement.  Although each state may have a different policy with different programs, a state's investigative branch is mainly concerned with analysis and information support for on-going investigations being conducted by other law enforcement entities within that state.

 

When to contact your State's Bureau of Investigation:

Although your state's Bureau of Investigation is normally only an internal resource of your state's Justice Department, it never hurts to give them a call, especially if you have your short form or long form narrative and items of proof and/or corroborating witnesses lined up.

Whether they will consider your case or not is dependent on a variety of factors, and you may have just the evidence they were looking for - or not.

If not, ask for a recommendation to another agency.

Search: [name of state] bureau of investigation

 

THE STATE'S SECURITIES COMMISSION

In brief

Securities and investment fraud perpetrated by scammers residing in any particular state is not always handled by an agency called "Securities Commission."  In some state, these crimes are addressed by the Office of the Secretary of State, or by an agency with a name that does not include the word "Securities."

The best way to determine the name and contact information for the correct state agency for securities and investment scams is to contact the state's Attorney General's Office.

To find the contact information for a particular state's Attorney General's Office, call information or go the National Association of Attorney's General web site: http://www.naag.org/.  You can also search [name of state] attorney general.

 

When to contact a state's authority that enforces security laws

When you have knowledge of and/or personal experience of

 

  • Investment scams perpetrated by a group or individual

  • A web site offering fraudulent investment schemes where the site is registered to an individual or company residing in that state

  • Fraudulent securities offerings

  • Fraudulent offers of Bank Guarantees, Debentures, Letters of Credit, Certificates of Deposit, or other financial documents (see The Dictionary of Financial Scam Terms, High Yield Investment Program Fraud)

 

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Jurisdictions Menu

 

Introduction: Navigating the system

Definition of jurisdiction

Definition of fraud with intent 

Jurisdiction specialties 

Inter-jurisdiction challenges 

Inter-jurisdiction cooperation 

The cost of a fraud investigation   

Helping to defray the expenses of a fraud investigation at no cost to you

The biggest obstacle for investigators

Understanding fraud evidence that demonstrates intent 

Losses to a group of scam victims

Your role as a scam victim or someone who has knowledge of a scam being perpetrated on others

 

Jurisdictions

Local Enforcement:

US city, borough, or township

County sheriffs

State enforcement:

State Attorney General's Office

State Attorney's Office

Office of the Secretary of State

State's Bureau of Investigation

State Securities Commission

Federal Enforcement:

Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI

Secret Service

US Marshals

US Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Federal Trade Commission FTC

Securities & Exchange Commission SEC

Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division IRS

Overseas & International Enforcement:

INTERPOL

Scotland Yard  

The UK's Serious Fraud Office 

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP - Mounties)

The National White Collar Crime Centre of Canada (NW4C) 

PhoneBusters  

Secret Service Overseas  

FBI Overseas

Internet

Internet Fraud Complaint Center 

Internet Better Business Bureau

National Fraud Information Center  

SEC Internet Enforcement Program

 

Work at home job scams: Payment Processing, Shipping, Check Writing, Western Union, MoneyGram, more...

 

Lottery Scams

 

YOUR CHECK LIABILITY: How to really verify a check, money order, traveler's check, cashier's check, etc.

Your ID Theft Prevention To-Do List

Threats from scammers: What to do and how to do it

 

WHERE TO REPORT A SCAM: Choosing the right jurisdiction

Intro: Page 1 - Page 2

Law Enforcement Jurisdictions:

US City, Town, and County  US State  US Federal  Foreign & International  Internet

 

             

 


We are not attorneys and don't pretend to be.  In our experience, the information and guidance offered on this site have proven to be effective; however, we always recommend that you consult with an attorney.

If you have doubts about Fraud Aid, Inc. do not hesitate to contact federal enforcement (FBI, Secret Service, RCMP), Scotland Yard, or local law enforcement to check us out.

Information provided about lotteries and lottery scam: Fraud Aid, Inc. is not affiliated with any pay-to-play or free online lottery or Sweepstakes games and derives no income from any pay-to-play or free online lotteries or Sweepstakes or any of their participating sponsors with the possible exception of a sponsor's independent advertising unassociated with any drawings promotion; nor does Fraud Aid promote or sponsor any lotteries or Sweepstakes or numbers drawing of any kind.


Reporting, crime-fighting, and victim resource links

Title books image from http://newpoplit.com/portfolio/horror-house/

Copyright 2000 - 2015 Fraud Aid, Inc.  -  All Rights Reserved

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