ID theft and financial crimes escalate - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

ID theft and financial crimes escalate

Posted: Updated:
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • PCA faces judge Monday for salmonella outbreak

    PCA faces judge Monday for salmonella outbreak

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:03 AM EDT2014-07-28 08:03:54 GMT
     Happening today jury selection set to get underway in one of the largest food recall cases in our nation's history. It comes nearly 5 years after a deadly salmonella outbreak was linked to a south Georgia peanut manufacture and three people, including it's former owner are set to stand trial. More >>
     Happening today jury selection set to get underway in one of the largest food recall cases in our nation's history. It comes nearly 5 years after a deadly salmonella outbreak was linked to a south Georgia peanut manufacture and three people, including it's former owner are set to stand trial. More >>
  • Flat tire leads to deadly crash in Crisp County

    Flat tire leads to deadly crash in Crisp County

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:43 AM EDT2014-07-28 07:43:51 GMT
    An overnight crash involving semi truck turned deadly on Interstate 75 in Crisp County.According to Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock, a car suffered a blowout and came to a rest in the traffic lane of I-75 south near exit 94.While awaiting assistance from a deputy, a tractor trailer slammed into the back of the car. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and killed.It happened around 1:45 AM.The truck driver was not seriously injured.The Georgia State Patrol and the GDOT are investigating.T...More >>
    An overnight crash involving semi truck turned deadly on Interstate 75 in Crisp County.According to Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock, a car suffered a blowout and came to a rest in the traffic lane of I-75 south near exit 94.While awaiting assistance from a deputy, a tractor trailer slammed into the back of the car. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and killed.It happened around 1:45 AM.The truck driver was not seriously injured.The Georgia State Patrol and the GDOT are investigating.T...More >>
  • UPDATE: Police search for man who shot up two vehicles

    UPDATE: Police search for man who shot up two vehicles

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-28 03:38:04 GMT
    Albany police say several shots were fired into an unoccupied vehicle Sunday evening at a restaurant parking lot.More >>
    Albany police say several shots were fired into an unoccupied vehicle Sunday evening at a restaurant parking lot.More >>

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Albany Police get an average of 15 calls a week reporting financial crimes, now they're warning you to protect your personal information.

In a recent case, police say 34-year old Santennial Elaine Harris stole 15 checks from a Lee County Alzheimer's patient, forged them, then cashed them at an Albany bank. They say you must carefully choose who has access to your personal information. They recommend never sending money or giving information to someone who solicits you through email or the Internet. They also say you should shred all mail with personal information.

"Because we're a highly technical society and everyone wants to get on the Internet and they want to take part in, hey 77 dollars and hour, you can make it sitting at home doing everything online, you have to be real careful because a lot of those are scams," said Sgt. Michael Persley.

Police say you should never put your social security number on your driver's license, or carry the card in your wallet, where it could be lost or stolen. if you've been the victim of financial fraud you can call the Albany Police even if the fraud occurred somewhere else.


©2010 WALB News. All rights reserved.   Feedback