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Criminal Impersonation (Identity Theft)

DATE & TIME: 01-16-2019 @ 1200

LOCATION: Rural Beatrice and Rural DeWitt

OFFENSE: Criminal Impersonation (Identity Theft)

CASE #: 2019-0290 & 2019-0291

Two businessmen, one from rural Beatrice and one from rural DeWitt, came to the Gage Sheriff’s Office to report the crime of criminal impersonation, colloquially referred to as Identity Theft, against their personal information. Both victims were unaware of the other person making an identity theft report, however both state that in the past week they had Chase Credit Cards/accounts fictitiously opened in their name using their personal identifying information, but were able to have the accounts closed or corrected so they did not lose any money.

At this time, there is no direct correlation between the two victims, other than they live in rural Gage County and were targeted by the suspects through use of their social security number. They were advised to monitor their mail for any additional fraudulent accounts and to notify their financial institutions about the fraudulent accounts. They were both directed to additional resources available through the Gage County Sheriff’s Office website under the Public Awareness tab and to open the Fraud/Identity Theft/Scams section, which would give them a link to the Federal Trade Commission for further reporting options.

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If you receive notice a credit card has been activated in your name and without your consent, contact your local police department or call the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and ask to speak with an investigator about filling out an Identity Theft/Criminal Impersonation report.

Sheriff Millard “Gus” Gustafson #903

Investigator T. Hanson #90310