Identity Theft Suspected in Elgin, at Ft. Sill
Fort Sill Police are asking for your help in identifying two individuals, who it is believed used stolen credit cards to purchase over $6,000 worth of goods on base during a 7-minute period on Saturday. The purchases, 4 in total, were made at the Fort Sill Post Exchange, where two unidentified people used stolen credit cards to buy Visa gift cards at the Main Exchange, the Garden and Home Center and two other Exchanges.
The male shown in the pictures is believed to have made purchases totaling almost $4,300, while the female is believed to have made purchases totaling almost $2,000.
Anyone with information that can help identify these two individuals should call the Fort Sill Crime Tip Line at 558-0000.
While in Elgin, several cases of identity theft have been reported to Elgin Police and Comanche County Sheriffs Departments recently. Elgin’s police department were flooded with more than a dozen reports of identity theft on Monday and over the weekend.
According to the reports, victims discovered in some cases thousands of dollars had been withdrawn from their checking accounts over the weekend, nearly wiping them out. While most of the victims either live in, or made transactions with their debt or credit cards in Elgin. Elgin police say they have checked all the banks with ATMs in the area, and no skimmer-like devices were found on the machines. A skimmer is a device attached to a card-reader at an ATM machine or point of sale machine that can detect and read card information, numbers and passwords and relay them on to criminals allowing them to make fraudulent credit or debit cards.
Several additional cases of suspected identity theft were been posted to Facebook over the weekend, and if you feel that you have a victim of identity theft in the Elgin area, local police encourage to contact your bank and cancel your cards immediately. Then call the Elgin police at 580-355-9303 and file a report.
source: KSWO News, Lawton Constitution, Fort Sill Fire Center of Excellence Facebook