Suspects in identity theft cases used PayPal - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Suspects in identity theft cases used PayPal

Posted: Updated:

By: Sabrina Ahmed
SAhmed@klkntv.com 

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.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Overnight robbery at residence

    Overnight robbery at residence

    Lincoln Police are investigating a robbery that occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday. They say it happened on the 2200 block of Holdrege. The victim, a 55-year-old man says  four males broke into his apartment, one struck with a handgun in the head. The suspects then took his wallet, cellphone and some cash. LPD also say that they ransacked his apartment. The four men then took the victim outside and apologized to him, saying they had the wrong residence. The 55-year-old man had o...

    More >>

    Lincoln Police are investigating a robbery that occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday. They say it happened on the 2200 block of Holdrege. The victim, a 55-year-old man says  four males broke into his apartment, one struck with a handgun in the head. The suspects then took his wallet, cellphone and some cash. LPD also say that they ransacked his apartment. The four men then took the victim outside and apologized to him, saying they had the wrong residence. The 55-year-old man had o...

    More >>
  • Gun shots near 18th and G Streets

    Gun shots near 18th and G Streets

    Lincoln Police say that five to six gunshots were heard near the 1800 block of G Street. Witnesses say they heard loud shouting between a group of people at Lewis Field, followed by the firing of the weapon, a little before midnight Saturday. When Lincoln Police arrived they found a couple of shell casings,  There were no reported injuries and LPD is still investigating the shooting. More >>
    Lincoln Police say that five to six gunshots were heard near the 1800 block of G Street. Witnesses say they heard loud shouting between a group of people at Lewis Field, followed by the firing of the weapon, a little before midnight Saturday. When Lincoln Police arrived they found a couple of shell casings,  There were no reported injuries and LPD is still investigating the shooting. More >>
  • Staff Members Assaulted at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

    Staff Members Assaulted at Tecumseh State Correctional Institution

    Early Sunday morning, two staff members were assaulted at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). One staff member received serious, non-life-threatening injuries requiring medical treatment. 

    More >>

    Early Sunday morning, two staff members were assaulted at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution (TSCI). One staff member received serious, non-life-threatening injuries requiring medical treatment. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.