TROY: Identity Theft Is a Problem in Our Society

POLICE PATROL


Troy

NOW HOW THEIR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION WAS OBTAINED. Bet I do. Scanning your credit card information while you are out-and-about is easy for criminals today. You can buy the scanner online for $29.95. Thieves don’t have to touch you or your wallet, just walk by you and steal your identity. Your old wallet is not safe anymore, as evidenced by a growing list of police reports on the subject, For Christmas, or Channuca or their birthday, buy your husband or wife a new wallet with RFID protection. It could save you a lot of trouble. This victim received a text-message notification from a department store that his debit card account was fraudulently used to complete a $190.80 purchase at the business. Victim did not give anyone permission to do this and does not know how his personal account information was compromised.

TWO LOCAL CAR DEALERS WERE TARGETED, TOO. Parts Manager received a call from an unknown subject who was ordering a fascia and a grill for his vehicle. The customer provided a credit card number which authorized the purchase. An unknown male came into the business later and was given the purchased items. Later, the business discovered the purchase was fraudulently completed. The owner of the credit card account contacted the business to advise that he did not give anyone permission to use his credit card account to complete the purchase. Parts Consultant received a call from an unknown subject who was ordering four new Goodyear Tires for his vehicle. The customer provided a credit card number to complete the order but it was declined. The customer then provided a second credit card number which authorized the purchase. An unknown male came into the business later and was given the purchased tires. Later, the business discovered the purchase was fraudulently completed. The owner of the credit card account contacted the business to advise that he did not give anyone permission to use his credit card account to complete the purchase.

THIS SCAM IS PRETTY POPULAR, TOO. A Brightwood Drive resident was notified of a fraudulent application for unemployment benefits was submitted by unknown suspect(s). Victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how her personal information was compromised.

YOUR GRANDCHILD IS NOT IN JAIL, OR THE HOSPITAL. SO DON’T FALL FOR THIS SCAM. A Quincy Dr. resident received a call from an unknown female, identifying herself as her granddaughter. The subject told the resident that she had been in an accident and was arrested. The resident knew that it was a scam and asked if the caller was “Sally,” a made-up name. The subject stated it was but hung-up in frustration when the resident kept asking too many questions. The resident received another call, this time from an unknown male stating he was the bailiff and was calling to get money for “Sally”. This subject too became frustrated with the resident when she kept asking questions, seeing how long she could keep him on the phone. Good job by this Troy resident.

KEPT IN PLAIN SIGHT? I’m pretty sure this car has a trunk, which is where all your valuables should be stashed, especially while you’re shopping or working. Or definitely at the fitness center. This victim discovered unknown suspect(s) entered his 2004 Pontiac while at Walmart and stole a 18 volt Rigid Impact Gun, a 12 Volt Portable Jumper Box, and miscellaneous tools kept inside. The victim believes a SlimJim Tool was used to enter his locked vehicle as there were no signs of damage. Or maybe it wasn’t locked after all.

NEED FOR PARTS OR RIDE HOME? This victim discovered unknown suspect(s) stole her gray 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer while it was parked in the Big Beaver parking lot while she worked.

‘TIS THE SEASON. A Square Lake resident discovered unknown suspect(s) stole a package from his residence’s front door that had been delivered by the United Parcel Service. Some thieves just follow these trunks, unfortunately.

SOME FOLKS JUST TAKE WHAT THEY LIKE. The sister of a recently deceased victim at a memory care home was going through her sister’s belongings and noticed her serving platter, a picture, and a collectible figurine were stolen from her hutch that was in her room. The victim’s sister is unable to provide any possible suspect(s). It’s also possible these items were either stolen long ago, or given away.

IF THEY ASK FOR MONEY BACK IT IS ALWAYS A SCAM. Don’t do it. A Regents Drive resident placed an ad selling furniture. An unknown subject contacted him, agreeing to purchase a cabinet for $800. The subject sent the victim a check for $2,700 and advised the victim to send back $1,820 for the overpayment. The victim did as requested and later received a check for $4,000 for another furniture item. In the meantime, the victim was contacted by his bank, advising him the first check was fraudulent. The second check was not cashed.

Note: If you have any information on the aforementioned crimes, or any other offenses, please call the Troy Police Department at 248-524-3477. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call 524-0777.