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At Risk of Arrest Fraud Victim Intake Form

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE FILLING OUT THE FORM

THIS FORM IS FOR FRAUD VICTIMS IN THE US, CANADA, UK, AND AUSTRALIA WHO:

  • Have received contact from law enforcement indicating that they may be arrested;

  • Have been questioned by law enforcement in relation to a scam;

  • Have received a Notice of Warrant telling them to appear in court or turn themselves in to law enforcement;

  • Have NOT been arrested.  If you have been arrested, please go here for further assistance: Arrested Fraud Victim Form

Only those staff members working on your case receive information about your case.  Those who work on your case are Fraud Aid trained Senior Fraud Victim Advocates.  They are professional men and women (Certified Fraud Examiners and trained former fraud victims).

We are not attorneys; you do not have attorney/client privilege when you speak with us.  HOWEVER, we will not share your information with law enforcement or the courts without a court order to do so. 

We have been working with creditors and Criminal Defense Attorneys since the Spring of 2003, shortly after the inception of the Nigerian/Eastern European counterfeit check schemes at the end of 2002.  We understand the challenges that face both the fraud victims and the creditors.  Our primary goal is always geared to the best interest of the fraud victim who comes to us; however, we also take into account the position of the creditor (also a victim) in order to reach a solution that is amicable to both parties.

Note: We will assist you no matter what your current resident immigration status is.

I am at risk of arrest

 I know this because:

I was questioned by law enforcement and warned that I may be arrested

I was questioned by bank / credit union / store security and warned that I may be arrested

By phone I was told by my bank/credit union/check cashing store that I may be reported to law enforcement and arrested if I don't pay what I owe (When you click on this option you will be redirected to Section F below)

I received a notice from the court by mail that a warrant has been issued for my arrest

Other (please explain briefly: Max. 760 characters including spaces and punctuation )

 


A. Name and Contact Information

First    Last

Email:   Verify Email:

Address:

Street  

City or Town:

US or UK County

State (Province/Territory/)

Postal Code:

Country:   (Currently we can only assist residents of Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US)

 

Telephone: (US-owned and Canada area codes only)

Time Zone: 

Home phone:      (Ex. 555-555-5555)  Best time to call:

Work phone:   (Ex. 555-555-5555)  Best time to call:

Cell phone:   (Ex. 555-555-5555)  Best time to call:

Other:

Name:   

Relationship: 

Phone:  (Ex. 555-555-5555)  Best time to call:

 


B. US Residents or Visitors

Are you a US citizen?   Yes      No   

If No, are you in the US on a:

Work visa

Student visa

Tourist visa

Spouse visa

Fiancé or fiancée visa

Other visa 

None of the above  NOTE: If your visa is no longer current or if you are in the US without a visa, please contact an immigration attorney immediately (see Legal Aid for your resident area).  We will help you resolve your situation regardless of your resident status.

What is your native country?


C. Money owed

I do not owe any money for the checks or money orders (drafts) because:

I have already paid the amount in full

The drafts were not cashed or deposited

Other: Max. 760 characters including spaces and punctuation

 

I owe money for the checks or money orders (check all that apply)

To a bank or credit union: amount owed

To a store: amount owed

Other

If Other, please explain briefly (Max. 760 characters including spaces and punctuation):


D. Questioned by law enforcement 

(If you were questioned by a company security officer, please go to Section E below)

Where were you questioned?

at a store    Name of store:

at a bank / credit union   Name of bank/credit union:

at home

other

Were you placed in handcuffs?  Yes  No

Who questioned you? (Example: Sheriff's Detective, Police Detective, Sheriff's Deputy, Police Officer, RCMP Officer)

How long were you questioned?

Did you feel you could leave at any time? Yes  No

If No, why not (other than being placed in handcuffs)?   Max. 760 characters including spaces and punctuation.

 

At the end of the questioning, what were you told?

Nothing

I was told (Max. 760 characters including spaces and punctuation):

 


E. Questioned by a company security officer

Name of establishment:

Where were you questioned? (Example: in the lobby, at the counter, in a private room)  

Did you feel you could leave at any time? Yes  No

If No, why not? Please explain briefly (Max. 760 characters including spaces and punctuation)

 

At the end of the questioning, what were you told?

Nothing

I was told (Max. 760 characters including spaces and punctuation):

 

 


F. Threatened on the phone by bank or credit union or store

Please understand that banks, credit unions, and stores frequently use the threat of arrest as a means of forcing you to pay what you owe.  It is not coercion or illegal.  Because you presented counterfeit/stolen/forged checks or money orders, you broke the law which gives them the right to threaten you in this manner.  It does not mean they will carry through with the threat, they only want their money.

Please choose one of the following for further instructions:

You cashed the checks or money orders at a bank or store and you still have the cash

You cashed or deposited checks or money orders, or have had funds wired into your bank account or credit card account, and you have sent and/or spent the money: dealing with the bank - dealing with the check cashing store

If you have already tried to initiate a repayment plan and the plan was refused, please go here for further assistance: Fraud Victim Debtor Form. 

If you have no money to repay what you owe, please go here for further assistance: Fraud Victim Debtor Form.


G. Notice from the Court

Have you received a notice from the court?  Yes  No

If Yes, does it contain a Warrant? Yes  No

What is the name of the court?

Appearance date   day/month/year

No appearance date is listed on the notice

Reason given for request to appear:

Contact number listed on the notice is for  

a Detective   

the court  

Other

Did you contact the number provided on the notice? Yes  No

If yes, what were you told?

 

NOTE: Whether or not you will need an attorney depends on the circumstances of your situation.  Depending on the state, county, and your situation, a warrant does not automatically mean you will be arrested when you appear in court.

Can you afford a Criminal Defense Attorney?    Yes  No

Do you have any prior convictions? Yes  No  Prior convictions affect the kind of guidance we give you because, depending on the nature of the conviction(s), they may the Prosecution's view of your current situation and the amount of your bail if you have received a warrant.  When we contact you will ask you for the date, reason, and whether or not you are currently on parole or probation.

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PLEASE REVIEW YOUR ANSWERS BEFORE SUBMITTING.  One of our Fraud Victim Advocates will be in touch
with you to review your situation and to assist you and your attorney.

 

 

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