Police Blotter – Out of good faith, pay up

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

According to a police report, a woman living in a retirement home was the victim of an identity theft. She told police she received a letter from a credit collections service saying she was late on her credit card from a chain retailer. She explained that she did not have a credit card with this retailer.

According to the report, it appeared a purchase was made for an almost $400 crib and the victim was being charged for that and late fees. The purchase was made in Florida.

The victim was not sure how anyone could have gotten her information and managers at the retirement facility were not aware of anyone else having been a victim of identity fraud, the report said. A report for documentation purposes was made so she could get the credit matter cleared up.

Out of good faith

A woman was scammed by a man claiming to be with the IRS, a police report said. According to reports, he left her a voicemail saying she needed to call him back right away. When she did, he said she owed the IRS $3,782 in taxes dating back to 2008, according to the police report.

The man allegedly said it needed to be paid immediately, but the woman said she could only put $1,200 towards it. The caller then said “Out of good faith,” he would allow her to do that, according to reports. The woman said she pays her taxes quarterly online and she would get online and do that right away.

But wouldn’t you know, according to the report, the man told her she could not do it that way because he had to have a pin number for the transaction to make sure the funds she had in her account were available. He then told her to go purchase a prepaid card and put the money on the card and call him back to give him the numbers, the report said.

The woman went to the bank and attempted to withdraw the $1,200, but her bank limits withdrawals to $600. She purchased two prepaid cards and went home and called the man back.

She gave the man the card numbers, told him what happened, and the “IRS agent” allegedly became irate.

According to the report, he said there was a warrant for her arrest and he would be coming to her house if she did not pay by 10 a.m. the next day. The woman reported this to the police who told her not to pay the man anything. The officer researched the phone number the man called from and it was associated with scams that have taken place in the last month.

Stolen?

A retirement home resident called police to report that jewelry had been stolen from her unit. She said she accidently left the keys in her door that day and someone allegedly came in and stole her jewelry.

She reported it to management who said housekeeping would look into it, the report said. But according to the report, when they didn’t, she called police herself to make a report. She described the jewelry and mentioned that she had items stolen from her home before she moved into the retirement facility as well, the report said.

The officer then spoke to an employee who said the victim often misplaces things and finds them later. The employee said she would look into the missing items as well.

A gift?

According to a report, a man bought a moped as an investment but never registered it or signed the title. He had an employee working with him who asked to buy the moped and they agreed upon a price, the report said. The owner let the employee use the moped for the weekend and expected the first payment of $150 that next Monday.

The employee showed up that Monday, but according to the report, his boss had to reprimand him because he found out the employee had not come to work at all over the weekend.

With that, the employee left. But he left on the moped he had not paid for yet, according to the police report.

The owner of the moped then called the employee, saying he wanted to be paid, the report said, but the employee said he was in possession of the title and had already signed his name to it. Sure enough, the title was allegedly missing from the man’s desk.

The owner called police and said he would not press charges if he could have the moped back or be paid for the vehicle. According to the report, the officer spoke to the employee who said it was given to him as a gift, although they had only known each other for three days. He told the officer to call his attorney, the report said.

The officer did go see the attorney, who was able to convince the employee to return the moped and the title to the rightful owner. The former employee was then placed on trespass notice from the place of business.

Prepaid suspicion

A store clerk called police to report suspicious activity. He explained that three different individuals, within three minutes of each other, came into the store trying to buy prepaid VISA cards.

According to the report, the first man bought three cards with $100 on each and asked that it be rung up in three separate transactions. The second man came in and bought one card with $100 on it, the report said, while the third man allegedly attempted to buy three prepaid cards, but the debit card he was using was declined and he quickly left the store.

According to the report, the clerk told police he found it suspicious that three people tried to buy seven prepaid cards in such a small timeframe. After they left, the clerk reviewed the surveillance tape and saw that they arrived and left in the same car together. He asked that the incident be reported in case the debit cards the suspects used were reported as stolen.

The Police Blotter is intended to be an informative and/or humorous column written from police reports obtained from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Many of the stories come from the initial incident reports and, occasionally, supplemental reports. Generally, cases have not been adjudicated at the time of publication. See more columns at www.moultrienews.com.

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