A Fry's customer in Milton found a bag containing credit, debit and store gift cards that involved identity fraud against at least seven people.
Milton police were called to the electronics store at 2:20 p.m. on July 27 after that customer found a plastic bag in the parking lot containing the cards and various forms of identification for different people.
One of the debit cards belonged to a woman who was a victim of an auto break-in on July 22 in Alpharetta, while another victim had his car entered on July 27 in Suwanee (South Forsyth). This second victim and his wife confirmed their Target card had been fraudulently used.
Investigators in Alpharetta and Forsyth County were contacted on the case.
Fairhill Point Man Puts Stop to Fradulent Accounts
A Fairhill Point man had to call USAA Bank to cancel two accounts that were opened in his name.
The victim received a letter from the bank on July 23, which told him the accounts were opened on July 6.
He also notified the three credit bureaus he was a victim of identity fraud.
Online Store Alerts Milton Couple to Fraud
An Autumn Hill couple found out that they were victims of identity fraud when someone tried using their credit card with an online music store on July 25. The store called his wife for confirmation.
The news didn't get any better when the victim contacted his bank, which told him the same card had been used a day earlier to buy an iTouch from the Apple online store. The iTouch already had been delivered.
Milton police told the victim how to get a copy of a police report so that Apple could pursue the person who committed the fraud.
Victim of Credit Card Fraud Bounced from City to City
If suffering through credit card fraud wasn't bad enough, a Milton woman got a bit of runaround when she tried to report the crime.
The victim first tried reporting the fraudulent use of her credit card at the Chevron Gas Station on Webb Bridge Road to Alpharetta police. But she said she was advised to report the crime to Milton police. Once a Milton officer took her statement, he told her she'd have to report the crime to the city where it happened, Alpharetta.
A $186 charge was made against her credit card.
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