Many Milton Residents Victims of Debit, Check Fraud
The following information was supplied by the Milton police department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Milton Man Discovers Thousands of Dollars in Fraudulent Purchases
A Foxhollow Run man called Milton police to report $8,800 in fraudulent purchases made with his debit card.
Milton police met with the victim on Nov. 17, who told them he received a bill in the mail from DirectTV. The Milton man said he did not purchase anything from DirectTV and the address of service on the bill was to a home in Chicago.
After receiving the bill, the victim checked his debit card account and saw numerous fraudulent charges had been made. He contacted the bank while the officer was on the scene and a representative revealed that a total of approximately $8,800 in fraudulent charges were made to his account. The representative said that she needed an information report of the fraud to open an investigation.
The officer advised the victim to contact all of his banks to make sure no other fraudulent activity was happening. He was also advised to contact his credit company to make them aware of a possible identity theft.
Fraudulent Wal-Mart Account Opened
A Milton resident reported that someone stole his identity to open a Walmart Money Card account. On Nov. 11, a Milton police officer met with the victim, who said that an unknown individual has used his name, address and phone number to open the account. A card was received by the victim in the mail.
The victim said that he received the card the week before and he had contacted Walmart regarding the fraudulent account. The Wal-Mart representative confirmed that the name, address and phone number on the account were correct. However, the Social Security number, date of birth and email used did not match the victim's information.
The representative would not release the incorrect information to him, but told him the information could be released to a police officer.
The victim was able to place the account on hold and the officer with a phone number to receive additional information.
Fraudulent Charges Appear on Milton Residents Statement
The victim claimed that two unauthorized charges had appeared on his bank statement. One was for a hotel room and another was at a business in Lincoln, NE. He believes that additional charges had been tried, but were denied.
The bank cancelled the compromised card and was issuing a replacement. The victim was unsure how his information had leaked to an unknown person.
Fraudulent Purchases Made in North Carolina
Someone in Charlotte, N.C., has been using a Milton woman's account information to get bank checks issued, so she reported it to Milton police on Nov. 15.
The victim has since closed her checking account with the bank, Wells Fargo and has been in contact with a representative about the illegal activity. The victim said that the checks contain someone else's name but have her bank account number and routing number. Several checks have been cashed for large amounts all across the Charlotte area.
Milton Resdent Spots Unauthorized Charges
Checks using a Milton man's account information were used to make more than $800 worth of purchases at a QuikTrip gas station and Walmarts in Union City and Decatur, so he reported it to Milton police on Nov. 16.
The victim said that there were four charges on his account that he did not authorize. He was able to provide the officer with a copy of a check that was written to the gas station.
The victim had already contacted his bank and was given case numbers.
iPad Purchased in Debit Card Fraud at Wal-Mart
A Milton woman told police that someone used her bank debit card information to buy an iPad2 from Walmart. The suspect made the fraudulent purchase online, had it shipped to the Milton store and picked it up.
The victim told Milton police on Nov. 18 that she did not authorize anyone to order or pick up an iPad from Walmart. Walmart loss prevention said that they would try to retrieve video of the person who received the iPad, which was valued at $674.08.
Bank Notifies Milton Man of Charges in Texas
A Wells Fargo fraud department employee warned a Crabapple Way man that fraudulent activity was being attempted with his account, including numerous charges being made in Texas.
The local resident told Milton police on Nov. 19 that the bank employee told him the charges were being blocked, but advised him to make the police report.
For questions about this blotter, email Bob Pepalis.