In Case of Emergency please call 911
or (440) 526-1234
Brecksville Police Department
9020 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141
The email above is not monitored 24/7.
If you need immediate assistance,
please call (440) 526-8900
Public Records email: firstname.lastname@example.org
7 MOST COMMON IDENTITY THEFT SCAMS
SINCE 2010 – MEGA DATA HACKS (FOR REFERENCE)
IMMEDIATE STEPS FOR VICTIM RESOLUTION
One type of scam involves someone coming to your residence and trying to distract you in some way. Many times they say they are in the area working and can provide you the same type of service that they are providing your neighbors at a low cost. Past examples include, driveway sealing, tree trimming and yard work. They will either distract you in conversation or try to get you away from the residence by showing the work that needs to be done, Once you are away from the residence or distracted, an accomplice will then enter your residence and steal whatever they can find and carry.
A similar scam involves the scam artist coming to your residence offering a service at a low cost. They will often quote a low price for service and take a deposit for future work, but then never show up to do the work. Another variation of this scam involves them doing or appearing to do the work and then giving you a bill for added and unexpected costs.
These scams can be avoided by remembering the following:
Many scams involve our emotions and prey on our good and caring ways. Scammers use multiple ploys to try and tug at your heart strings including:
If you are a victim of a scam, notify Brecksville police or the agency whose name the scam was perpetrated under. Unfortunately because many of these scams are done outside the United States it is difficult to find the perpetrator and prosecute. It is good however to gather intelligence on these scams and publicize them to the community to lessen the victim pool.
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC)
REPORTING WEB LINK – https://www.identitytheft.gov
Report identity theft and review recovery resources via online web link.
Can create a personal recovery plan with account creation.
INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)
CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION – CLEVELAND OFFICE
1240 E. 9TH ST. CLEVELAND, OH 44199
PHONE (216) 522-2910
Please remember to report income received, not income claimed fraudulently!
STATE OF OHIO RESOURCE LINK – http://www.tax.ohio.gov
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION – OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
1240 E. 9TH ST. CLEVELAND, OH 44199
PHONE (216) 522-7226
Personal Earnings & Benefit Estimate Statement (PEBES) –
Review for signs of identity theft.
Web link – http://www.ssa.gov
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF JOBS & FAMILY SERVICES –
PHONE (833) 658-0394
REPORTING MONDAY – FRIDAY (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
REPORTING WEB LINK – https://unemploymenthelp.ohio.gov/IdentityTheftIndividual/
OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE – IDENTITY THEFT RESOURCES
WEB LINK – https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/IdentityTheft
OHIO – BUREAU OF MOTOR VEHICLES INVESTIGATIONS
1970 WEST BROAD ST. COLUMBUS, OH 43223
U.S. POSTAL INSPECTORS
P.O. BOX 5726 CLEVELAND, OH 44101
CREDIT BUREAUS – STEPS FOR PLACING A FRAUD ALERT.
CONTACT (1) CREDIT REPORTING COMPANY FOR A FRAUD ALERT.
REPORT YOU ARE A VICTIM
ASK FOR A FRAUD ALERT ON YOUR CREDIT FILE.
CONFIRM THE (2) OTHER CREDIT BUREAUS WILL BE CONTACTED.
FRAUD ALERT STAYS ON YOUR CREDIT REPORT FOR 90 DAYS.
FREEZE YOUR ACCOUNTS BY INITIATING SAME AND
REGISTERING FOR AN ACCOUNT. ONLY YOU CAN
UNLOCK ACCOUNTS FOR LOANS, MORTGAGE, NEW LINES OF CREDIT, ETC…
WEB LINK – https://www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/