Darien identity theft victim reports fraudulent credit application
A Darien resident contacted police after someone attempted to open a Target credit card in her name. The victim was contacted by Target at about 9:20 a.m. on Feb. 16 to confirm an application for a store credit card. The victim said she had not applied for a card and the Target employee was able to confirm that the application was submitted in Flushing, N.Y.
The victim told police she had previously been a victim of identity theft in Dec. 17. A person had withdrawn $5,000 from her bank account and attempted to make a second withdrawal of $15,000 before the bank contacted the victim. New York City police arrested a suspect for the fraudulent withdrawals and found that they were in possession of a forged debit card containing the victim’s account information, along with a driver’s license carrying the victim’s name and the suspect’s picture.
The victim contacted New York Police Department regarding the Target credit card application who recommended she contact the Darien department. Police are continuing an investigation.