Becoming the victim of any crime is a terrible experience. You may feel a variety of emotions from angry, sad, scared, or disappointed. While we cannot take back what happened to you, the victims’ rights attorneys at Justice 4 Crime Victims can certainly help you move forward. Read on to learn what you should do if you are a victim of fraud. Then contact us at 949-585-9055 and we can get started. \
First and Foremost: Report the Fraud
One study showed that only 14% of people who were the victims of fraud reported the fraud. There are many reasons for this, including feeling embarrassed, not believing there is anything that can be done, or not knowing where it can be reported. We understand all these feelings but encourage you to report it anyway.
There are a number of reasons reporting the fraud are important. First, it helps the FBI and other law enforcement departments better understand how serious and common these issues are. When the number of reported fraud cases is up, you can bet that the resources allotted to preventing fraud will go up.
The second reason to report fraud is because there could be more to it than you know. For example, you think only stole money from you when in fact they stole information that allows them to continuing committing fraud in your name. When you report the initial fraud, law enforcement can assess the specifics and determine if you are in danger of further issues.
Start by Contacting Local Services
It is very common for clients to not know where to begin with reporting their fraud. If it happened over the internet, they know there are no internet police so who should be informed? If it happened internationally, who can be alerted?
This can get overwhelming, which is why we recommend always starting locally. Talk to your local police department. They may not be able to help with your particular case but they should be able to give you the right agency to call. The key is to getting the process started – when you contact one office, you will be putting the ball into motion.
Your Attorney Can Provide a Wealth of Assistance
We also recommend contacting a local victim’s right attorney. We being your case with a free consultation during which we can get the facts about what has happened to you. We can help you determine who can be held accountable. We can help you get in touch with the resources you need. We can work to get you the restitution you deserve.
Remember this: You are not in this alone. You are not helpless. You can take action – and we can help. Contact Justice 4 Crime Victims at 949-585-9055 right now to get started.