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July 1, 2013

She certainly doesn’t look like an ID thief.

“She looks like a school teacher, a mom…she looks like an average citizen,” said Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch.

Yet she committed three crimes on three consecutive days between Feb. 19 and Feb. 21. She uses someone else’s California driver’s license to access their bank accounts and take out thousands of dollars. The first two days she targeted Wells Fargo Banks, one in Mesa, the other in east Phoenix. On the third day she went to Scottsdale.

“This time she opened a Nordstrom’s credit card,” said Burch.

And she went on a shopping spree buying $4,000 worth of merchandise.

If you want to avoid being the victim of an ID thief, Burch said you need to keep a close eye on your bank statements.

“Especially if you see a $1.00 withdrawal. Many times these criminals will do a $1.00 withdrawal to see if it’s an active account and if it works, they hit the next day. It’s their way of ‘casing’ the account, so to speak.”

To read more about this case, click here.

Our next crime happened in El Mirage on Monday, April 29, 2013.