Crime Beat

  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Don’t trust the Internet!
Summerville Police took a report of Internet fraud. The victim told police she attempted to obtain a money loan through a website – E-loans.com – and when she contacted the company via telephone and spoke with a Sam Johnson who, she says, instructed her to pay different amounts of money to obtain a loan in the amount of $1,666. The amounts were $150, $216 and $300. She could then get her loan at Western Union. She paid the various amounts and was provided with a Western Union phone number and the name Jones Smith as the person to contact to collect her loan. She contacted Smith who informed her she could not collect the loan until she had paid a $450.36 commercial fee. She did not pay this fee as she did not have the funds. When police contacted Johnson he hung up on them.
Do you know where your wallet is?
A resident of Weatherstone discovered that there had been fraudulent credit card activity on his account. He told Summerville Police he thinks he dropped his wallet in his front yard. The wallet contained $1,000 cash, a personal credit/debit card and a business credit/debit card as well as a driver’s license. The victim told police there were the following charges on his account: $2.54 Piggly Wiggly; $64.64 Virgin Mobile; $1 Exxon Mobile; $9.85 Exxon Mobile; $9.73 Shell; $7.06 McDonalds; $7.06 Beer and Tobacco Outlet; $3.23 Sunoco; $12.63 Checkers; $2.76 Shell; $379.74 Straight Talk Zooms; $379.74 (2nd charge) Straight Talk Zooms; $206.11 Foot Action – all on August 5.
Police obtained video of the person using the stolen card.

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