Identify Theft and Fraud

Minimize your risk of identity theft by following a few simple prevention tips:

  • Shred trash (checks, junk mail and personal documents) with a cross-cut or confetti shredder.
  • Remove mail from your mailbox as often as possible and consider secured mail.
  • Minimize financial and personal information carried on your person or in public, especially your Social Security Number.
  • Do not leave purses/wallets unattended in vehicles or in public.
  • Opt out of credit card solicitations and request your bank not mail convenience checks.
  • Do not give out personal or account information unless you know who you are speaking to and you made the contact.

Tips for Preventing Elder Fraud(PDF, 535KB)
Tips for Preventing Elder Fraud - Spanish(PDF, 533KB)

Sign Up for Fraud Alerts

Tax Scams and How to Report Them!
The Denver Police Department does not investigate fraudulent tax returns but will investigate fraud by computer/telephone where scammers attempt to convince individuals to send money (usually in the form of Google Play or iTunes gift cards) to settle a fictitious tax debt with the IRS.  

The IRS has information and resources to recognize and report tax fraud for individuals and small businesses. Additionally, the Colorado Department of Revenue has provided a warning to taxpayers and tax scam alerts.

If you are a victim of Identity Theft or Fraud

Credit Cards and Checks

If you have experienced the loss or theft of any checks, credit, or debit cards, or if you have been the victim of an electronic account compromise, you may file a report on-line as long as you are a Denver resident and/or have knowledge that your account information was fraudulently presented inside of the City and County of Denver. 

Identity Theft

If you are a victim of an identity theft, you should make a report with the Denver Police Department if the crime occurred in Denver or if you are a Denver Resident.  You are able to report this crime quickly by using our online form or at any Denver police station. In addition, you should contact the following agencies to report the identity theft (when applicable):

Equifax - Fraud Line: 1-800-525-6285
(check your credit and put a 90 day Fraud Alert on your name and Social Security Number)

Experian - Fraud Line 1-888-397-3742
(check your credit and put a 90 day Fraud Alert on your name and Social Security Number)

Trans Union - Fraud Line 1-800-680-7289
(check your credit and put a 90 day Fraud Alert on your name and Social Security Number)

In addition to reporting the incident, the Denver Police Fraud Unit recommends that you contact the appropriate financial institutions to dispute the fraudulent charges and provide a copy of your police report. Closing the account may be necessary.

Follow-up with a second credit check (1 free check per year at and monitor accounts.

Federal Trade Commission ID Theft Hotline: 1-877-438-4338 or for further information and statistical purposes.

Social Security Fraud Hotline: 1-800-269-0271 (if your Social Security Number is involved in employment-related fraud)

Identity Theft Victim Information(PDF, 547KB)
Identity Theft Victim Information - Spanish(PDF, 545KB)

Internet and Phone Scams

Victims of an Internet crime or scam in which the suspect appears to be outside Denver can also report the incident the Internet Crime Complaint Center.  This includes suspects who may reside outside of the United States.