MILTON, Ga. — Thousands of dollars in gift cards were purchased by an identity fraud suspect using a Milton woman’s identity.
The victim received an email on Oct. 14 from Macy’s thanking her for purchasing $2,000 in gift cards with her store account. The woman had not made the purchases and still had her store credit card in her possession.
The woman contacted Macy’s to report that she had not made the purchase. The company confirmed the shipping address given for the gift cards did not match the victim’s address.
Shortly after, the woman was contacted by Nordstrom asking if she was in the store attempting to purchase a large amount of gift cards. A female suspect had successfully purchased $2,400 of gift cards at the store using the woman’s information. When she returned later and attempted to make another purchase, store employees became suspicious.
When they advised the suspect they would need to call the number listed to the account before authorizing the second purchase, she “became spooked” and left the store.
A purchase of $1,500 was also made on the victim’s Kohls account and $500 on her Toys R’ Us account.
The victim said it appeared the suspect gained access to her accounts by using her name, Social Security number and birth date.