Many cases involving online scams and schemes, fraud, and even some instances of identity theft involve foreign actors and/or unwitting participants which present jurisdictional issues for local law enforcement, and have extremely low solvability rates. As such, not all incidents of fraud require a local police report.
Before you make a report, please review the following steps:
Step 1: Verify that you live within the city limits of the City of Sheboygan – click HERE for a map.
Step 2: Gather all pertinent information about the incident.
- Basic information about yourself
- Any information about what happened (including account numbers, known suspects, other documentation)
Step 3: Report the fraud.
If the incident you wish to report does not involve an actual financial loss, or involves an unidentified suspect and/or a loss of less than $1,000, the Sheboygan Police Department encourages you to file a report with the Federal Trade Commission, in lieu of making a report to our department.
To report being the victim of a scam or other fraud, click HERE. Examples include:
- Imposter (IRS, utility, business, love interest, grandchild)
- “You’ve Won” (lottery, sweepstakes, other prize)
- Tech support, phone/internet service, or debt collection
- Online shopping, auto sale/repair, or money-making opportunity
To report being the victim of identity theft, click HERE. Examples include:
- Someone used your information to apply for unemployment benefits
- Someone has filed taxes in your name
- Someone opened bank or credit accounts using your information
If your case involves a known suspect and/or loss greater than $1,000, contact the Sheboygan Police Department to speak with an officer. If your case involves identity theft, complete this form prior to speaking with an officer:
Step 4: Consider a fraud alert or credit freeze – click HERE to learn the difference.
*** You do not have to pay for a fraud alert or a credit freeze. ***
Step 5: Review your credit report for accounts or transactions you don’t recognize.
Checking your credit report is free: annualcreditreport.com or 1-877-322-8228.
Step 6: Additional resources can be found on our Fraud Prevention page.