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The Fullerton Police Department will accept fraudulent check reports when:

  • The check has been reported stolen.
  • The check is counterfeit.
  • The check was written on a closed account.
  • The check is a Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) check in excess of $2500.00. (NSF checks under $2500.00 would be referred to the Orange County District Attorney's Check Restitution Program).

The Fullerton Police Department investigates hundreds of fraudulent check cases each year. Unfortunately, many check fraud cases go unsolved or they lack sufficient evidence to ensure a successful prosecution. In conjunction with the Orange County District Attorney's Office, the Fullerton Police Department recommends the following guidelines to streamline and standardize the reporting process. If merchants, when possible or feasible, adhere to the following steps, investigative resources can be better focused on preparing cases that most likely result in a successful criminal filing and conviction:

  • Verify the suspect has a valid form of government issued identification and note the document number on the face of the check. The following forms of personal identification are acceptable:
    • California Drivers License or Identification Card,
    • US Military I.D. with photograph,
    • United States Passport,
    • Mexican Matricular Consular Card with photograph.
  • Obtain a thumbprint and place it on the back of the check.
  • Have the subject endorse the back of the check in the cashier's presence.
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