Identity Theft occurs when someone uses your personal identifying information without your permission to commit an unlawful act. In the State of Texas this type of offense is known as Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information. This statute covers the Offenses of Credit/Debit Card Abuse and Forgery, but each has their own separate statutes as well. This information may include your name, date of birth, address, driver license number, social security number, mother's maiden name, birth date or financial information such as your bank account, credit card or debit card number. For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Site.
The Garland Police Department takes reports from victims of identity theft under the following circumstances:
The victim is a resident of the City of Garland or,
Any part of the fraud occurred within the City of Garland
Reports will only be taken in person and cannot be taken over the phone or via email. If you do not live in the immediate area please contact your local police department and make the report with them. If the misuse of your information occurred in the City of Garland your local department can forward the report to us for further investigation by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by faxing it to 972-485-4803.