Theft By Deception

Theft By Deception

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What Is Theft By Deception?

Theft by deception is a crime in which a fraudulent activity is performed using deception to either steal services or property. If someone, for example, knowingly writes a check that will not cash because of insufficient funds, this is theft by deception. The judicial system takes different views on theft by deception depending on jurisdiction and the dollar amount of the crime.

How Does Theft By Deception Occur?

There are many ways theft by deception can be performed. For example, a false application to get important personal information like banking accounts, a social security number and birth date. Theft by deception differs from an innocent mistake. The thief purposely deceives the victim then takes services or property knowingly. If a bad check was written unknowingly, this would not be theft by deception. If, however, a bad check is written unknowingly then nothing is done to correct the matter, this can be considered theft by deception.

Who Performs Theft By Deception?

Sometimes theft by deception can have a ring of people invalid with complex schemes, honest looking people with fake or forged documents to support whatever stories are told adding to the scam. Many people work alone in theft by deception, praying upon trusting people, moving into an apartment with someone, writing bad checks with fake names, then robbing them when they are away. When theft by deception had less people involved it does make it harder to track and since the crimes are generally smaller, unfortunately the police may see it as a low priority.

Is Advertising Theft By Deception?

In general, advertising puffery is exempt from prosecution of theft by deception laws. Advertising puffery is when businesses make subjective claims that are not to be taken literally. If, for example, a bed and bath store claims they "have the softest sheets in the world," this is not to be taken literally and a customer can not file charges of fraudulence because they found softer sheets. If the puffery is blatantly misleading, however, a court may rule that the advertiser is in the wrong and may implicit a return of purchase, damages and/or fines.

Theft by deception prevention:

  • Always check a persons picture identification when involved with any transaction. Take the time to verify the person is who they say they are by checking references and verifying financial accounts.
  • Be very careful who you give your information to especially with social security numbers, birth date or financial information.
  • Ask what is done with paper work with important personal information on it once it is no longer "on file." Some doctors offices and businesses simply throw old paperwork in the trash, to be then found by identity thieves.
  • Above all, be aware and use your instincts. If something makes you feel uneasy or that something is not right, go with it. Better to be safe than sorry.

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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