A 35-year-old Darien man told police that he’d received a phone call from Target that someone had applied for a credit card in his name. Soon after, he learned that similar applications had been made in his name for Walmart and Saks Fifth Avenue accounts.
The man reported the attempted identity theft to police on Saturday. He put a credit freeze on his credit report to try to prevent any further attempts at identity theft.
No financial losses to him resulted from the identity theft attempts, and police know of no local connection involving the stealing of his personal information for the applications.
- Darien Police information brochure on identity theft, with further resources
- Income Tax-Related Identity Theft Scams Down But Not Out: How to Protect Yourself (March 19)
Identity theft articles in 2017:
- Darien Resident a Victim of Latest Identity Theft Related to an IRS Tax Scam (March 20)
- Income Tax-Related Identity Theft Scams Down But Not Out: How to Protect Yourself (Marh 19)
- Identity Theft and Potential Identity Theft Cases Reported by Darien Residents (March 5)
- Alleged Identity Theft from Both Sides: Darien Victims in Two Cases, Arrest in a Third (Feb. 6)
Local police often can do little in these cases, since the stealing can be done online, the thieves can be far away, and even the resulting theft of money can be distant.
Credit card companies and banks sometimes want victims to report the matter to police before restoring any money stolen as a result of identity theft.
Darien police have a packet of information providing advice on what to do if you’re the victim of identity theft, and they commonly give that to victims.
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