A Commerce banker uncovered a scheme in which someone used a false report of identity theft in an attempt to commit identity fraud.
The 48-year-old white female reported to police that she got a call from what was purported to be Best Buy’s credit card services, advising her that someone had tried to open an account in her name and seeking verification of the information.
The victim did not answer the call, which went to voicemail. When she called the number left in the message, she was advised to call yet another number, where she was told to contact Citibank Identity Theft. At that number, she verified her information, but refused to give her Social Security number, which appeared to upset the person she was talking to.
That made the banker suspicious. Doing some research online, she found a site warning that the number she had called was part of a scam operation. She also confirmed the number was not on the Citibank web site.
The victim told police she suspects that fraudulent accounts have been opened in her name.
For all of the incidents reported to Commerce police during the past week, along with the arrests, see the Jan. 15 issue of The Commerce News.