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Steps to Take for Reporting Fraud in Florida


Do you have reason to believe you are a victim of fraud or identity theft? Has your life been turned upside down by criminals with no regard to the impact their decisions would have on your life? If so, you may be able to take legal action against them with help from an experienced Florida check fraud attorney with Sharmin & Sharmin P.A.

Before we begin working on your civil claim, we need to ensure the appropriate authorities are notified. Reporting fraud in Florida can be overwhelming after everything you have been through. But with our legal team advocating for your rights, you can rest easier as we take this necessary step and move to hold the fraudster accountable for your damages.

Identify Theft and Fraud Take Multiple Forms

It may surprise you at just how savvy schemers have become over the years. When one fraud disappears, another emerges just as quickly. Some of the most common types of fraud and identity theft our clients have fallen victim to include:

  • Social Security number theft
  • Using your business name and accounts to create counterfeit bills or checks
  • Public assistance (SNAP, food stamps, cash assistance) fraud
  • Various internet scams, including rental property, employment, and social media or romance schemes
  • Unauthorized mail forwarding, mail fraud, and theft 
  • Fraudulent credit and debit car expenses  
  • Using your Social Security number to claim unemployment or a tax refund
  • Covid 19 SBA loan fraud
  • Driver’s license fraud or identity theft
  • Vehicle title fraud
  • Tax fraud

These are only a few examples of fraud that occurs with alarming frequency in Florida. If you suspect you have been victimized but are unsure of what your next steps should be, consider reading out to a powerful legal advocate for help. Our team can review the details of your case and assist you in bringing the liable party to justice. 

How to Report Fraud in Florida 

Reporting fraud is usually the first step in getting your life back on track after identity theft or fraud. However, you may not be sure whether you are truly a victim, and if you are, you may not know where to turn for help. Your fraud litigation attorney is an invaluable resource during this time in your life and can guide you through your next steps:

Find Out Whether You Qualify for a Fraud Complaint 

First, we need to find out whether your case qualifies for a fraud complaint. Your lawyer will know after reviewing the information at hand whether you should immediately file a police report or report your concerns to other, more appropriate authorities. 

Contact the Appropriate Agencies With Your Information

There are several government agencies and organizations involved in detecting, preventing, and punishing fraud and other schemes. First, consider filing a report with your local police department. Local law enforcement officials may not have jurisdiction depending on the type of fraud you are dealing with, but they can inform you as to whether you need to file additional reports with state police or the federal government. 

There is no requirement that states you must file a police report if you are contacting another government agency. However, the more reports filed, the better, as these will be valuable pieces of evidence in your civil claim against the individual or entity that took advantage of you. Some agencies that should be notified when you are defrauded include: 

When filing your fraud complaint, it is important to include as much information as possible so investigators have the details and documentation they need to look into your case and potentially pursue criminal charges once the scheme has been identified. Some of the most important details that should be noted include:

  • The total value of the financial losses related to the scheme
  • A detailed description of the fraud in question 
  • Personal information about yourself, including your name, contact information, social security number, and driver’s license number
  • A detailed list of any fraudulent purchases made out of your accounts, including the amount, where the money was spent, and when you were defrauded 

It may shock you to learn that most fraud victims are being taken advantage of by someone they know or someone they have a close relationship with. Do not hesitate to report anyone you suspect of having committed fraud against you to the appropriate authorities. Review the evidence and determine whether they can be ruled out or should remain a person of interest in your case. After filing your complaint with the necessary agencies and organizations, make note of your receipt or confirmation number so you can refer back to it at a later date. 

Do Not Forget to Place a Fraud Alert and Protect Your Identity

Once your report has been filed, you also need to be proactive with your personal information. Many fraud victims find it helpful to report their complaints to all credit reporting agencies. You can request a fraud alert be placed on your social security number so schemers can no longer obtain lines of credit or other financial opportunities until the lender has verified your identity. The agencies you should contact to protect your identity in the future include:

  • TransUnion
  • Equifax
  • Experian
  • The IRS
  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
  • The FBI

Florida’s Premier Fraud Attorneys Can Help You Get Through These Difficult Times 

Once law enforcement officials and credit bureaus have received your fraud complaints, they can begin their own investigations. Depending on the circumstances of your case, the individual who committed fraud against you may face criminal charges and penalties. This is in addition to the monetary compensation you could be awarded if the Florida civil court system issues a judgment against the fraudster. 

Take back control of your life. Meet with a highly experienced Florida credit card fraud attorney with Sharmin & Sharmin P.A. as soon as today to find out what legal options may be available in your case. Complete our confidential contact form or call us to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation as soon as today.

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