June 25, 2016

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Montville police warn about ID fraud

MONTVILLE TWP. — The Montville Police Department is investigating 18 identity fraud cases reported by residents in the Turnberry and Windsor Park developments.

According to a police news release, each of the cases are similar, and multiple retail accounts were opened using residents’ personal information, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and dates of birth.

The victims sometimes only became aware of the fraud when they received statements for accounts they had not opened, police said.

“We ask that all of our residents exercise due diligence in monitoring their own credit, and reporting any fraudulent activity to our department immediately,” the news release said. “It is important to note that to date, these cases have been only been reported in the Turnberry and Windsor Park developments, and not anywhere else in the township.”

Police believe the cases are connected, and are encouraging victims to report any further fraud.

Cases of identity fraud also have been reported in Wadsworth.

At least 24 people have told Wadsworth police their credit and debit cards were used for fraudulent purchases in March.

“We’ve contacted some of the financial institutions to try to find a common point of sales,” Wadsworth Lt. Rob Wyrick has said.

Many of the charges are coming from the United Kingdom and France, but some have come from the Internet, Arizona and Costa Rica.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.