Identity Theft - Fraud

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:

  • Address
  • Birth Date
  • Date of Birth
  • Driver License Number
  • Financial Information Such as Your Bank Account, Credit Card or Debit Card Number
  • Mother's Maiden Name
  • Name
  • Social Security Number

For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft website.

Reports from Victims

The Garland Police Department takes reports from victims of identity theft under the following circumstances:

  • Any part of the fraud occurred within the City of Garland
  • The victim is a resident of 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 or by faxing it to 972-485-4803.