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Suspects in identity theft cases used PayPal

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By: Sabrina Ahmed 

Two cases were reported over the weekend to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, and they are coming with a warning from the Lancaster County Sheriff..

Keeping tabs on your credit score is important, and it should be checked on as often as possible.

It's everyone's nightmare to find out your identity has been stolen and hundreds, even thousands of dollars are spent in your name.

Over the weekend, there were two cases of identity theft reported in Lancaster county.  Someone created PayPal Bill Me Later accounts and charged hundreds of dollars on the victim's dime.

"That account was found to have been open in he victim's name, using his date of birth, and his social security number, so we're working with him as far as his identity theft and trying to make sure the rest of his financing information is secure," Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

Each account was charged about 800 dollars, and the victims found out about it when they received the bill.  The charges were placed in the middle of March.

In these cases, PayPal will absorb the loss and they are performing an investigation, but the sheriff says this needs to be a reminder to everyone.

"It really is incumbent upon everyone to check their credit history on a pretty regular basis to see if there are any unauthorized financial transactions or any unauthorized credit cards that have been taken out using their personal identifiers," the Sheriff said.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating how the victims' personal information was leaked, but they are not sharing any suspects at this time.

"The first thing is to help these folks get their identity secure and secure all of their financial accounts."

The Sheriff's Office said doing a credit check as often as possible is the best way to be sure your identity isn't stolen.  Checking to make sure there are no unauthorized purchases or credit lines in your name is something to look out for.


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