TROY POLICE PATROL: Spring is Prime Time for Identity Theft



THIS WILL DEFINITELY HURT YOUR PROFITS. A representative of a Crooks Road business was to wire over $180,000 to another business but received an email from unknown suspect(s) who slightly changed the email address to look like the business they were dealing with. The suspect(s) provided the business with the updated account numbers to complete the wire transfer. The unknown suspect(s) also sent the business that was supposed to receive the wire transfer an email from an account that looked like the business account, explaining why there was a delay in wiring the money. The two businesses got together and realized their email accounts had been spoofed and contacted the bank to stop the wire transfer. Unknown at this point if the suspect(s) were able to fraudulently steal the transfer of money.

NO YOU DON’T HAVE TO CREATE AN ACCOUNT. A Northpoint resident received a call from an unknown subject named “Nina” stating that she was from Four Ocean Pac Travel, informing her that an account had to be created. The victim was talked into giving the subject her Visa Account Number and agreeing to give the business $798. The subject became more aggressive, prompting the victim to cancel her credit card. At this point, there has not been any fraudulent activity occurring on the account. Might be a good idea to cancel that Visa and get a new number.

POLICE DEPARTMENTS DO NOT TAKE ITUNES CARDS AS BAIL MONEY. Honestly, explain this one to older relatives who just want to help in time of trouble. A Strawberry Road resident received a phone call from an unknown subject, identifying himself as the victim’s nephew. The subject informed the victim that he had been involved in a traffic accident and was arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol and needed $2,000 to get out of jail. The victim was instructed to purchase four $500 iTunes Gift Cards and provide the serial numbers to the caller to which he did. When he called his nephew’s wife, he was informed that he had been scammed.

IT’S ANOTHER PHONE SCAM. A Camilla Drive resident was notified by a collection agency that she owed Sprint over $1,100. The victim informed the collection agency that her cellular phone provider was not Sprint and that it must have been someone opening a fraudulent account in her name. The collection agency was able to inform her that the account used an address in Atlanta, Georgia. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how her personal information was compromised in order to open the account.

IF IT’S NOT THE PHONE, IT’S THE CABLE SCAM. A Brightwood Drive resident discovered unknown suspect(s) fraudulent opened two cable accounts in Detroit using his information. This is the second time the victim’s information was used to open fraudulent accounts. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how her personal information was compromised.

OH, IT MUST HAVE BEEN EASTER OUTFITS. A Curran Drive resident was contacted by her credit card company regarding several suspicious purchases made at a Kohl’s Department Store located in Grandville, Michigan. The victim did not make the purchases and was told some of the purchases were to be sent to Shelby Township, which was canceled. However, some of the purchases were picked-up at the store. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such.

IF THE CHECK IS FOR TOO MUCH YOU CAN BET IT’S A SCAM. For heaven’s sake, don’t mail the extra money to anyone. An Emerald Lakes Drive resident responded to an e-mail offering him a job forwarding documents and funds. The victim received a check in the mail for $1,950 in which he was to place into his bank account and put $1,605 of it onto a Reload Pack, keeping $345 for himself for his fee. The victim did as requested, emailing the number from the Reload Pack Card to a subject in the United Kingdom. Several days later, he received a notice from his bank, informing him that the check he deposited was fraudulent due to insufficient funds.

I’M GUESSING THIS VICTIM IS RIGHT ABOUT HOW IS CREDIT CARD NUMBER WAS STOLEN. A Coachman resident used the services of a moving company and provided his credit card to an employee of Anytime Moving Company who phoned in the account number to his supervisor. Later that evening, the victim began receiving fraudulent purchases on the account, one at a Domino’s in Detroit, a second was a bill paid at Metro PCS, and four other unknown charges. There were also five failed fraudulent attempts the next day. (Hope this means he canceled the card right away.) The victim believes someone from the moving company is responsible.

IT’S TIME TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT YOUR ACCOUNT. A Marlene Drive resident noticed $282 worth of fraudulent purchases against her credit card that she did not authorize. The victim did not give anyone permission to do such and does not know how her personal account information was compromised.

HERE’S A COMPANY’S CHECK YOU SHOULDN’T TAKE. The employee of a local supply company accepted a business check of $945 from Short Term Property Management LLC for a purchase of lighting supplies. The check came back as having insufficient funds and attempts to contact the subject who presented the check, a 39-year-old male from Detroit, have been unsuccessful.

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