Economic Crimes Unit
BSO's Economic Crimes Unit handles complaints about identity theft, credit card and check fraud, telemarketing rip-offs and other money-related crimes. Too often, unsuspecting victims of economic crime don't realize they've been defrauded until days or weeks after the crime has occurred, and after the criminals are long gone.
Learn to protect yourself against economic crimes and identity theft by starting with these simple rules:
- Memorize your social security number, passwords and PIN numbers. Never give out personal information, including credit card and Social Security numbers over the phone.
- Carry only the ID and credit cards you need, usually a driver's license, one or two credit cards and an insurance card. Leave the others locked in a secure place. Keep your purse or wallet in a safe place, especially when you're at work,
- Take ATM and receipts for all purchases with you; do not leave them with the clerk or in a garbage can next to the ATM machine. Promptly review all bank and credit card statements for accuracy. Report any irregularities to the bank or credit card company immediately.
- Invest in a shredder and destroy unneeded credit card receipts, bills, statements and other documents which include personal and financial information.
- Secure your mailbox. The second most common way thieves obtain identity information is through stolen mail. Never place outgoing mail in an unlocked residential mailbox.
- Place passwords on all credit card, bank and phone accounts. Never use identifying information such as your mother's maiden name, the last four digits of your social security number or your birth date as passwords.
More about economic crimes and how to protect yourself:
- Credit card fraud
- Identity theft
- Check forgery and counterfeit documents
- Computer-related crime
- Contractor Licensing and Fraud Unit
- Telemarketing fraud
- Business opportunity fraud
- Commonly used scams
- Helpful resources
- Homeowners & Mortgage Fraud