Six Verizon Wireless cellphones and accompanying plans were fraudulently purchased from the account of a State College female, according to police.
The offender reportedly gathered the female’s account information and purchased the phones and plans before shipping them to an unknown location. State College police said the items cost about $3,000.
The fraudulent purchases were reported Friday, but they might have occurred well before they were reported, according to police. Verizon is requesting official documents before making the information on the phones and plans available, citing privacy concerns, police said.
Police said similar fraud charges are typically resolved with the company ending service to the phones and plans before reimbursing the customer for the purchases.
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In an attempt to prevent fraud, police urge consumers to carefully review their bank accounts and information on a consistent basis, while also being mindful of who has access to financial information.