Identity Theft Reporting
Identity Theft / Fraud
If you are a Edgewater resident and have been a victim of Identity Theft or Fraud, no matter where the incident occurred, you can file a report with the Edgewater Police Department. In addition, if your account information or identity has been used in Edgewater, you can also file a report with the Edgewater Police Department. All Identity Theft and Fraud reports will be processed by the Department.
NOTE: If your account information or identity has been used in Edgewater but you are unable to respond to the Edgewater Police Department to file the report, you can file a report with your local Police Department and they will refer the case to us.
Instructions for Reporting Fraud / ID Theft
Step 1. Obtain a notarized affidavit of forgery from your bank as well as any bank/credit card statements that show fraudulent activity.
Note: If neither of the above items can be obtained, please provide the victim notification letter you received from the creditor informing you of the fraudulent charges/accounts.
Step 2. Fill out the Fraud / ID Theft form in its entirety. The Fraud / ID Theft form is included in the Fraud / ID Theft Packet. NOTE: The link to the Fraud / ID Theft Packet is located below, following Step 5.
Step 3. Attach all documentation (affidavit of forgery, bank/credit statements, copies of checks, etc.,) to the Fraud / ID Theft form and turn it in to the Edgewater Police Department front desk anytime. In an effort to practice social distancing, email the form to DETECTIVES@EDGEWATERNJ.ORG .
Note: You will be asked to provide a valid picture identification.
Step 4. An Edgewater Police Department investigation report will be generated and copies of the Fraud / ID Theft form and any documentation provided will be made. The original Fraud / ID Theft form and any documentation provided will be returned to you to retain for your records.
Step 5. The entire packet will then be forwarded to the Edgewater Police Detective Division for review.
- An Edgewater Police Detective assigned to your case will contact you within 5 business days and inform you of any referrals or the status of your case if the reported theft or fraud occurred within the city limits of Edgewater.
- If found that the crime had occurred in another police jurisdiction, your report will be referred to the appropriate Police Department.
Note: Generally, a bank or credit card company will require evidence that a crime has occurred when responding to illegal charges paid from your bank account or credit card. An assigned case number is one of many steps in successfully addressing wrongful charges made to your credit.
WARNING: A person provides a false report if he/she willfully makes any untrue, misleading, or exaggerated statements in any report to a Police Department which is in violation of N.J.S. 2C:28-4b. If it is discovered that a person makes a false report, the Edgewater Police Department will pursue prosecution to the fullest extent.