IDENTITY THEFT IS ALREADY RAMPANT AS THE HOLIDAYS APPROACH. The Saks Fifth Avenue Asset Protection Supervisor was investigating a customer who was attempting to complete a $1,850 purchase at the business with a credit card which could not be read by the register reader nor did the customer’s New Jersey Driver’s License appear to be real. The customer was denied the sale and he left the business. The responding officers located the suspect and determined that the credit card was fraudulent as well as his driver’s license. He was arrested and found in his possession was several other fraudulent credit cards. He was also found to be in possession of purchased merchandise from other businesses that were completed with the fraudulent credit cards. The merchandise was confiscated for further investigation. The suspect’s vehicle was located and found to have additional fraudulent credit cards in it. A total of twenty fraudulent credit cards were recovered from the suspect and from his rental vehicle. It was discovered that the suspect provided a false name to the officers as they determined his true identity to be that of a 32-year-old male from Mapleton, Georgia. He was charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card and Passing a Counterfeit Object. Good catch.
PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T DO THIS…DON’T CALL BACK AND DON’T PAY BY ANY MEANS. A Troy resident received a pop-up on her computer advising her that her to contact Apple Support because a security breach had been detected. The victim contacted the number provided on the pop-up and spoke with an Indian Male who advised her to purchase iTunes Cards so that he could fix the problem. The victim purchased $850 worth of iTunes Cards and provided the informational codes to the suspect. The victim was instructed to purchase more and when she was advised by the store clerk that she may be the victim of a scam, she contacted her daughter who concurred. The responding officer spoke with the suspect when he called the victim and was advised the police were involved. The suspect immediately hung-up and stopped calling the victim. If you’re worried about your account, visit the Apple store and the Microsoft store are at the Somerset Collection. Visit them, but don’t send any money; it’s always a scam.
BEWARE, THESE GUYS ARE STILL SHOPPING. Loss Prevention Manager at Victoria’s Secret reports three unknown subjects came into the store and made different purchases, utilizing counterfeit money. One of the employees who assisted two of the suspects, felt the money was counterfeit but completed the transactions anyway. Twenty counterfeit $100 bills were recovered from the cash registers. The suspects were described as two black males and a black female. The United States Secret Service was contacted who will conduct an investigation as well. You know, there are ways to check for counterfeit money.
SOME COMPANIES ARE CHECKING CREDIT LIKE THEY SHOULD, ESPECIALLY FOR AMOUNTS LIKE THIS ONE. Victim was contacted by a collection agency regarding an outstanding bill from Sprint for $2,433.33. The victim discovered unknown suspect(s) opened a fraudulent account using his name. Victim did not give anyone permission to do such and did not know how his personal information was compromised.
THE CRIME OF THE WEEK. A host of victims discovered unknown suspect(s) used their name, Social Security Number, and place of employment to file for Michigan Unemployment Benefits. Victims did not give anyone permission to do such and do not know how this personal information was compromised. Don’t worry, if you’re still working your employer will act on this crime.
MAYBE SOMEONE SHOULD CHECK HER YARD. Victim recently purchased a home on Chestnut Hill Drive and has yet to move in but discovered between visits, unknown suspect(s) stole a tangerine plant located behind the home. The victim remembers the real estate agent selling the home had commented to him that she wished to have the plant and suspects she may be responsible for the theft.
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.