Wednesday, January 2, 2013
A 77-year-old Georgetown woman fears she will become a victim of identity theft because of a phone call she received on Dec. 17.
The woman said a man called her claiming to be a fraud investigator working on a case. During the conversation, when someone else tried calling the woman, the man told her to not take the call but to continue talking to him. This made her believe her phone was tapped.
As they were talking, the woman gave the man a lot of personal information about herself, including her social security number.
The man told the woman she could obtain a $5.5 million check if she helped him secure $30,000.
The woman followed the man's directions and went to the bank. When she spoke to a teller, she was advised someone had transferred $31,000 from her credit to her checking account. The woman did not withdraw the cash.
She met a deputy and while speaking with him, her phone rang. It was the suspect calling and the deputy answered and identified himself.
When asked, the suspect claimed he was in Georgetown but would not say where.
It was determined he was using a Magic Jack phone and when an investigator called the Magic Jack company for assistance in tracing the call, a receptionist said she needed the officer's personal information to pass along to her management.
When the investigator said he needed to speak with someone in charge right away, the woman repeated her demand for the personal information. She said if it was not provided, she could not help him and then hung up.
The investigator then contacted the Federal Trade Commission and was told they have received many complaints about Magic Jack.
The investigation is continuing.
Bogus checks cashed
Two Georgetown women are accused of swindling Georgetown Ice Co. out of more than $2,800 by cashing bogus checks at the store Dec. 14 and 15.
A manager said the women provided photo IDs when cashing the checks which, he said, looked real.
Once being notified by the bank the checks were fraudulent, the manager said he does want to prosecute and wants the women placed on trespass notice.
A Walmart security manager met with police Dec. 17 after a man tried to steal several items including a microwave, clothing, a vacuum cleaner and a tape measure.
He said this same man stole from the store earlier in the month and he was able to get his tag number as he was driving away.
This time he confronted the man in the parking lot and the shoplifter abandoned the merchandise and ran to his car. This time he backed out of the parking lot so the worker could not see his license tag.
He has not been identified.
Shoplifter allowed to turn himself
in five days after being caught
A 26-year-old Georgetown man was allowed to turn himself in on Dec. 22 to face a charge of shoplifting that occurred Dec. 17 at Walmart.
A security manager reported seeing the man stealing sleeping pills and notified police of his license tag number. Police traced the tag to a Hodge Drive address. A woman at that address said the man was using her vehicle.
They tracked the man down and he went to the police station to be interviewed.
He admitted talking the pills because he is having medical issues that interfere with his sleep.
He said he is working a new job in order to save money to go to a doctor for the problem.
Police agreed to obtain a warrant which stipulated he would turn himself in on Dec. 22, which he did.
Man says submerged
vehicle was stolen
A man from Haven Drive reported his 2006 Ford Fusion was stolen from his driveway Dec. 9.
About two hours after police took the man's information, they received word the car had been found submerged in the International Paper Co. canal near Choppee Road.
As of the time the report was written, it was unknown how the car got into the canal.
The head of the Georgetown Public Works Department reported eight street signs were stolen from the Colonial Estates area of the city Dec. 14.
He said the signs are valued at about $45 each.
Police spoke with residents of that area but no one said they saw anyone taking the signs.
Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.
– Compiled by Scott Harper
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