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What Is False Pretenses?

False pretenses is a crime where a person, or group of people, obtain money or property by consciously making false, misleading or untrue statements. False pretenses can be in the form of verbal, written, an implied statement or a withholding.

If someone releases rights to their property under the understanding of truthful statements, even if the deal turns out to be a poor choice, is not considered false pretenses. If someone attempts to obtain property by means of false pretenses, but the statements they made were in actuality true, the crime of false pretenses has not been committed.

If someone says or does nothing opposed to outright making false statements, such as selling a car knowing the engine is about to go out, is also considered the crime of false pretenses.

To be convicted of false pretenses, the offender must do more than obtain possession of the stolen property, he or she must also obtain the title of ownership. If someone gains possession of stolen property but not the title of ownership, the crime is typically referred to as larceny or theft. For example, if someone breaks into a house and steals a watch, they have only gotten possession of the stolen watch and not the ownership of it, therefore committing larceny. If, on the other hand, a person gives someone counterfeit money for the watch, obtaining it's title, that would be considered the crime of false pretenses.

Examples Of False Pretenses

Some examples of false pretenses are claiming a mine is producing a precious metal when it has not, trying to pass cubic zircons off as diamonds or hiding the fact a car has been in a major accident when selling it. Profiting from false pretenses is a form of theft and the person who committed or attempted to commit the crime of false pretenses will be prosecuted by state or federal court.

How To File A Stolen Property Police Report

The first step in any occurrence of theft is to report the incident to the police immediately. This helps you recover the stolen item if it gets confiscated and helps with an insurance claim process on the account an official police report is required to file a claim.

Here are the general steps to file a police report:

  1. Call the non-emergency phone number for the local police station or law enforcement agency where the item was stolen.
  2. Obtain the physical address and go to the police station or law enforcement agency.
  3. Once there, go to the stolen property department if applicable.
  4. While creating a stolen property police report it's important to provide the theft detective or clerk with as many details as possible, especially the item's serial number, any identifying marks or stickers. Also include when, where and how the item was stolen.
  5. Once you have completed the report, be sure to obtain a copy and retain it for follow-up and recovery.

It's important to file a police report for theft, no matter how big, small or valuable the stolen item is, because it helps the police know a thief's (or thieves) M.O. and to control theft by using crime data to increase patrol in areas with a high or rising crime rate. Sometimes an area's theft rate can skyrocket because people don't report theft incidents because the stolen item isn't of high monetary value. This is called petty theft and is how a petty thief can continue stealing because the police are not made aware of their activity.

How To Report A Stolen Property Online

Get the world on your case! Here are the steps to create an online Stolen Property report for free:

  1. If not yet registered, click the "Register" link at the top right-hand side of the page or click the "Report" button at page top.
  2. Enter your information and click the "Register" button.
  3. Open the email account used for registration, open the verification email and click the link in the email body or copy and paste it in your browser address bar and press the "Enter" or "Return" key.
  4. Log in to the Stolen Lost Found Online website
  5. Click the "Report" link in the main navigation bar or the "Report" button at page top.
  6. Select the appropriate category.
  7. Select the appropriate sub-category.
  8. Select to post as Stolen.
  9. Enter as much information about the Stolen Property as possible - the make, model and serial number are especially important. Also helpful are any identifying marks and photos if available.
  10. Click the "Submit" button.

That's it. Once the Stolen Property report is submitted it will post on Stolen Lost Found Online immediately and will appear on the search engines within a day. By reporting online you literally make a world of difference for recovering your Stolen Property, long into the future.

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