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Multiple Cases of Identity Theft Reported to West Orange Police

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Several cases of identity theft were reported this month to West Orange police, according to police reports.

A lost wallet belonging to a West Orange woman with banking information inside it landed in the wrong hands, police said. She soon was receiving letters from her bank, claiming she owed them $1,000 because someone had been using checks in her name, according to police reports.

On April 10, a woman reported that her business checking account was accessed by an unknown person, and $1,604 was missing.

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A West Orange couple was more fortunate when efforts were made to open a Hawaiian Airlines Bank of Hawaii credit card, using the wife’s identity and information. Another attempt was made at opening an account with the same bank using her personal information. Those efforts were unsuccessful.

Another resident told police on April 13 that he received a letter from his bank, notifying him that the bank was giving him a passcode for his Lowe’s Consumer Credit Card as per their discussion two days earlier. But the man told bank representative he never discussed the matter. Ultimately, he cancelled the card and learned of three other identity theft attempts, according to police.   

An individual reported on April 7 that someone opened a Verizon account last December as well as a Comcast account in June 2015 using the woman’s name, social security number and date of birth, according to police. She closed the accounts, according to the report, which noted that the woman believed a former colleague was to blame.

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