Financial Crime Unit Credentials:
The Financial Crimes Unit is comprised of one sergeant, six detectives and one criminal intelligence analyst. The unit's professional affiliations include: Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Certified Fraud Specialist, National White Collar Crimes Center, Associate Institute of Certified Public Accountants, International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, International Association of Crime Analysts, South Florida Counterfeit Check Task Force.
How to Report a Crime
Information on how to report different times of financial crime.
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to several frequently asked questions about financial crimes.
Identity Theft Information
Identity Theft Information from the Call For Action
Don't be a Victim of Bad Checks
A guide from State Attorney Barry Krischer
Links to other financial crimes resources on the web.
Valuable tips for common scams and frauds:
Nigerian 419 Scam
The perpetrators of Advance Fee Fraud (AFF), known internationally as "4-1-9" fraud after the section of
the Nigerian penal code which addresses fraud schemes, are often very creative and innovative. Unfortunately,
there is a perception that no one is prone to enter into such an obviously suspicious relationship. However,
a large number of victims are enticed into believing they have been singled out from the masses to share in
multi-million dollar windfall profits for doing absolutely nothing.
Classic scams that keep coming up including Pyramid or Chain Referral Schemes, Phony Bank Inspector, Boiler Room
Operations, The Pigeon Drop Scheme, Land Speculation and Home Improvement Schemes.
Basic Internet Tips
Do business with companies you know and trust. Be sure you know who the company is and where it is physically
located. Businesses operating in cyberspace may be in another part of the country or in another part of the
world. Resolving problems with companies that are unfamiliar can be more complicated in long-distance or
In most cased the crime occurs where the victim sends either a check or money order to the suspect and the
suspect receives the cash. A report should be made with the agency with jurisdiction over the suspects location.
There are many ways that people become victimized by false claims of winning the lottery. Letters accompanied with checks are sent;
requesting victims to deposit the "good faith" check into their checking account and wire transfer back a portion.
These lottery claims are fraudulent. Do not deposit these counterfeit checks or provide any contact information.
Contact the FTC to learn more.
Most telephone sales are placed by legitimate businesses offering legitimate products and services. However,
telemarketing fraud is a billion-dollar business in the United States. The consumer must always be on the alert
when asked to send money to unfamiliar companies. Fraudulent telemarketers are skilled liars and adept at sounding
believable. Victims of telemarketing fraud seldom get their money back.
Checking Account Tips
Fraudulent telemarketers have found another way to steal your money. Consumers across the country are complaining
about unauthorized automatic debits (withdrawals) from their checking accounts. Beware! If a caller asks for your
checking account number or other printed information on your check, do as you would with your credit card - do not
give out checking account information over the phone unless you initiate the call or are familiar with the company.
Credit Card Fraud
Credit card fraud is a serious problem. Credit card fraud causes an estimated $1 billion each year in losses in the
United States. The consumer pays for the fraud by way of higher finance charges, annual fees, and increased costs
for law enforcement.