State police in Greensburg seeking identity of man using stolen credit information
State police in Greensburg are trying to identify a man who attempted to make several large purchases at area stores using credit information stolen from a Greensburg area woman.
Troopers obtained photographs of the man attempting to use the woman’s stolen credit card number at several businesses in Hempfield. The man bought $2,000 worth of goods on her Discover account at the Giant Eagle grocery store at Hempfield Square on June 26, Trooper Branden Snyder reported.
Store officials said the suspect, a black male, purchased multiple Amazon gift cards amounting to $2,000 and had credit information that indicated he was using a company account, police reported. Snyder said the victim reported she still had the credit card in her possession, but did not make a purchase.
Also on June 26, the man attempted to make a second purchase for $1,274 at Home Depot, also located in Hempfield. That purchase was declined, Snyder said.
The suspect also attempted to make a third purchase in late June at another area Giant Eagle store for $1,483, police said. That transaction was declined.
Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity is asked to contact state police at 724-832-3288.
Last year, some 16.7 million Americans — an 8 percent increase over 2016 — were victims of identity fraud, according to an annual report from Javelin Strategy & Research . Total loss was estimated at $16.8 billion, the report found.
Identity fraud is defined as when someone is victimized by the unauthorized use of their personal information for illicit financial gain — such as using a stolen payment card or number to make fraudulent purchases or using that information to opening fraudulent new accounts.
Paul Peirce is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Paul at 724-850-2860, [email protected] or via Twitter @ppeirce_trib.