Identity theft suspect caught on camera
SUNRISE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities are looking for a crook who opened up a fraudulent credit card account using a woman's information. The thief was then seen on surveillance video using the woman's identity and going on a shopping spree.
According to police, on July 23, a credit card account was opened online using the victim's stolen identity. The following day, the female suspect is seen on video entering a Kohl's store in Sunrise and purchasing a total of $370 worth of merchandise using the fraudulent credit card. The suspect was then approached by loss prevention personnel but immediately fled the store.
Officials said, she usually buys gift cards with the stolen credit because the gift cards will still be usable even if she is busted.
The same woman was also seen on surveillance video attempting to open a credit card account at a local Target store with the same victim's information but was declined because she did not know the victim's mother maiden's name.
Police said the suspect got a hold of the victim's date of birth, social security number and address. She then started opening up fraudulent accounts at several other stores, including Walmart, Macy's, Dick Sporting Good's and DOTS.
Investigators believe the suspect may be involved in more cases of identity theft, and could be responsible for thousands and possibly ten of thousands worth in stolen goods.
Coral Springs Police Lt. Joe McHugh said, "Free money. She is shopping on free money. She is doing whatever she wants." He added, "She could destroy somebody's credit within weeks. We need this individual caught cause she is constantly out there."
One of the woman's victims, who chose to remain anonymous, believes the suspect can put her skills to better use. "I would just have to say, if you put all the knowledge and education, that you basically have to take my information and make a fake ID, and you put that towards good, the world may be a better place," said the victim.
Her victims are left having to rebuild their financial lives. "My credit score has gone down significantly due to all the inquiries," said one victim. She added, "I just feel so violated. You feel like you're getting your house broken into everyday."
If you have any information on this identity theft or the whereabouts of this woman, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward
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