VINELAND - Police are investigating a case of alleged identity theft involving more than $3,400 in withdrawals from a local woman's savings account.
The woman, 56-year-old Donna J. Beckett of the 700 block of East Garden Road, told police she believes the incident is linked to an online form she filled out to get a free credit report.
Whatever the reason, police said the money was withdrawn from Beckett's savings account by Aegean Airlines to pay for airline tickets that Beckett never ordered.
According to police, Beckett contacted Piedmont Advantage Credit Union after noticing withdrawals of $950.14 and $751.20 from her account on Nov. 30. The credit union eventually returned the funds to Beckett's account, prompting Beckett to not report the incident to authorities, police said.
Beckett eventually received a phone call from a credit union worker who told her two more withdrawals for the same amount of money were made from her account, police said. The employee said Beckett would have to file a police report in order to get the money back, they said.
Police said Beckett used her debit card to make an online purchase that didn't involve airline tickets in November.
Police said Beckett eventually provided information, such as her name, date of birth and address, when filling out the free credit report request that popped up on her computer screen while she made the online purchase.
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