National Crime Alert Network
811 Canary Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
29414

A Division of the
National Check Fraud Center

The National Check Fraud Center, a private foundation, located in Charleston, South Carolina, invites you to take part in a network of businesses, law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and others in the community who are sharing "real time" crime information and intelligence which may have an effect to your business or financial institution.

The project is called the National Crime Alert Network. If you have a E-Mail account, you may be eligible to sign up for the Network to receive information on the following:

Credit Card Fraud - Check Fraud Suspects - Forgery
Counterfeit Checks - Identity Fraud - Credit Fraud
White Collar Crimes - Securities Fraud - Thefts
Mail Fraud and Bank Fraud Suspects

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The National Crime Alert Network is a network of Local Law Enforcement, Federal Agencies, Financial and Retail communities who participates in a Rapid Response notification network, providing "real time" information and intelligence of criminal activity and crimes within a given area which may effect one's business.

If we can notify you quickly about a crime trend that may affect you or your business, you will have a better opportunity to take measures to protect yourself, your business, your employees, and your customers.

PURPOSE:

The purpose of the National Crime Alert Network is to prevent or limit fraud (crime) through its members pooling "real time" information about specific incidents of fraud and attempted fraud.

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INTELLIGENCE / INFORMATION:

The Network depends on the full participation and sharing of information from each Network member. Your information will be added to a secured database which can be used in the identification of a crime suspect and pursuing prosecution of the perpetrators of a crime. Not only will the real time information and intelligence help your financial institution or business concern, but will aid local law enforcement and federal agencies in a successful conviction.

Lack of communication on the part of our members is the number one obstacle in preventing losses due to fraud. The success and growth of the Crime Alert Network is primarily due to open communication between all members of the network. The identity of the reporting business or financial institution is always kept confidential.

As a participating member, you may forward by US Mail, Fax, or E-Mail, any information or intelligence you want to post to the Network. Special crime report forms are available and will be forwarded to you upon the receipt of your membership form and your annual membership fee. We understand that the majority of the listings we receive will concern credit card fraud, forgery, and counterfeit checks. We have found in some cases that information being received from our members is so current that neither the local police agency nor the newspapers have knowledge of the event.

EARLY WARNING SYSTEM:

When information is received by the Network, it is reviewed and screened for possible connection to an ongoing criminal case or to a case on file. Local law enforcement within the jurisdiction of the crime will be contacted; social security numbers, addresses, and other personal information will be verified, and then cross checked with information on file in our database.

A Crime Alert will then be sent simultaneous by fax or by e-mail to our Network Members either in a given city or state or member category where the crime took place. Local law enforcement in the surrounding areas will also receive a criminal profile referral which will include all data on file relating to the crime.

As a member, you may receive a CRIME ALERT concerning one of the following crimes or information regarding a criminal trend that may have an effect on your business:

THEFTS
BREAK INS
CRIME RINGS
CREDIT FRAUD
FORGERY ALERT
IDENTITY FRAUD
BURGLARY SUSPECT
SECURITIES FRAUD
WHITE COLLAR CRIMES
CHECK FRAUD SUSPECT
MISSING PERSON ALERT
COUNTERFEIT DOCUMENTS
CRIME RELATED NEWS ALERT ARTICLES
LAW ENFORCEMENT PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENTS

To better understand what you will receive as a member, upon the receipt of your application, we will make available a number of CRIME ALERTS which were issued to our Network members during the past month. We urge you to review each and everyone of the ALERTS. To receive your copy, you must complete the Members Application Form located on our web site. This form must be completed in full. Your application will be screen and information will be verified. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

When information is received regarding stolen checks, counterfeit checks, forged documents, bogus checks, stolen checks, social security number fraud, new account fraud, or thefts, it is our intention to provide you with as much information and intelligence as possible even to include a copy of the check item being reported and a picture of the alleged suspect when it is made available to us.

We will always attempt to provide you with a full description of the wanted person or suspect, nature of the crime, and when possible a picture of the suspect(s). The following list contains information that you may receive by fax regarding a crime or a suspect:

  • Nature of Crime
  • Name of Suspect
  • Alias names being used
  • Address being used
  • ID card being used
  • Driver License Nbr
  • State ID card Nbr
  • Date of Birth
  • SSN being used
  • Sex-Hgt-Wgt
  • Picture of Suspect when available
  • Listed Police or Federal Agencies involved in ongoing case
  • Reference Case Nbr when available

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COUNTERFEIT DOCUMENTS USED IN A CRIME


WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID:

  • Mississippi Bank: I am responsible for investigating, reporting and filing cases with the local authorities. Having access to the Check Fraud Network would benefit the bank and help with some of our ongoing investigations. Being able to share information on check fraud would benefit all members.
  • North Carolina Bank: I would like to gain more information regarding the latest check/credit card scams as I am a manager in our credit card dept. This area definitely impacts us. Also, I would like a resource to alert other area banks when we find fraudulent scams, checks, identity thefts, and "bad" address information as to keep down losses across the board.
  • Florida Bank: I want every tool I can possibly have to help me with my loss prevention responsibilities. Additionally, I believe the only way to slow down fraud is through the sharing of information.
  • Arkansas Bank: I think this information will be a very helpful tool. I serve as a bank security officer and I instruct security classes to 735 employees.
  • California Bank: I am interested in bulletins that would befit our customers who are victims of identity theft, check fraud and articles related to fraud prevention.
  • Pennsylvania Bank: We are a small savings institution that is experiencing an increasing number of fraud incidents. We are looking for a comprehensive information source so we may better respond to these circumstances.
  • Broker-New York: We want to participate in a network that will provide information regarding check fraud. Our Company issues checks and visa cards on our cash management accounts. As a result our company has been hit hard by counterfeit checks, washed checks, non-rec and theft by health service workers of checks and cards.the fraud network appears to be a great vehicle to share trends and check scams quickly. All of the investigators in our dept are retired detectives from local police dept and know what it takes to get the job done.
  • Broker-California: We been flooded with stolen and counterfeit checks deposited into new accounts; We recently received an new application regarding one of the names listed on your Crime Alert we received from your organization. The account was to be established with a legal postal money order. With the information being provided on the alert, we can now take steps to prevent a lost to this account. The individual named in your alert had open a number of accounts on the west coast with stolen checks that had been altered. These business concerns lost over $67,000.00. We have since learned that the address being used is a "drop box", and the social security number did not link to the name being used. We would like to become a participating member. Please accept our check as payment in full for your services.
  • Broker-California: Another brokerage house in California contacted our office after being victimized of a $227,000.00 stolen check. The stolen check had been stolen from a bank drop box in Texas and ended up in California. After being contacted by the brokerage house for assistance, we were able to identify 13 names associated in an on going scam who had already penetrated the brokerage firm, all of which was unknown by both the brokerage house as well as the maker of the stolen checks.

When you become a NETWORK MEMBER, you will receive an ALERT PACKAGE which will contain an application form, reporting forms, and instructions on how to report your own CRIME INFORMATION to the NETWORK. You will also be issued a MEMBER IDENTIFICATION NUMBER which you will used when reporting your own CRIME REPORT.

YOU MUST HAVE THE USE OF A DEDICATED AN E-MAIL ACCOUNT TO RECEIVE THE ALERTS.


FUNDING:

Member Fees:

Unlike state-run Alert Systems who depend on funding from state funding and public or private grants, the funding of the operation of the Alert Network is shared by all members except for law enforcement agencies.

To receive a written proposal, please complete our Members Application Formlocated on our web site. You will receive alert notices for your geographic area by fax or e-mail when a current crime trend may have an effect on your business or financial institution. No longer do you have to wait to read about a crime in the local newspaper. For the first time, the business sector can have a early warning system to protect them from financial fruad and fraudulent activity.

Should you have a number of stores locations or branches within your state or throughout the United States, you will have to register each location as a member financial institution or member merchant since the CRIME ALERTS are sent out by crime category by state and or by region.

Law Enforcement Fees:

Local Law Enforcement and Federal Agencies will not be required to pay a fee for using the Network. However, they are encourage to participate in the NETWORK by providing CRIME ALERTS in their general area.

PAYMENT:

No personal checks or credit cards are accepted. Your business check only. All payments should be forwarded to the following address:

National Check Fraud Center
811 Canary Drive
Charleston, SC 29416


REPORTING A CRIME BY LAW ENFORCEMENT:


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When you want to submit your own crime information, you may either complete a JOINT CRIME REPORT FORM or fax a completed copy to the center. When you submit your information, the information will be reviewed and then be added to the Network Data Base, which is currently maintained by CHECK INFORMATION SYSTEMS.

When reporting a forged or counterfeit checks, you will be required to submit a copy of the document to the Center. The document and the signature will be saved on our secured data base for further reference. This may be time consuming to some, but viewing a dated signature and marks on the check(s) are very important to an investigation.

In 1996, we were able to provide the Secret Service, a history profile of a particular persons signature who had used over 28 different names in a multi-state check scam. The history profile and the record of the signatures on file were used in the conviction of this forger.

For Additional Information or Assistance

Call / Fax (843) 571-2143
Write Us National Crime Alert Network
811 Canary Drive
Charleston, S. C. 29414
Email Us alert@ckfraud.org


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