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Darien Residents Targeted By Identity Thieves

Two residents reported different identity theft incidents to police last week.
Two residents reported different identity theft incidents to police last week. Photo Credit: File

DARIEN, Conn. -- Two Darien residents reported to police last week that they had fallen victim to identity theft in separate incidents.

The first incident was reported May 1. The victim, a 39-year-old Darien woman, told police that she had been notified on April 27 that her Webster Bank account had zero balance, police said. She discovered that two withdrawals had been made from her account on April 26 for $1,200 and $1,000.

The withdrawals were to "SQL* Bruton" via the online app "Square Cash," police said. The charges were made in California and the bank is currently investigating, police said. The woman told police that she is not an active user of "Square Cash" but she has been in the past. Police said there is no evidence of local criminal activity.

The second incident was reported that same day by a 44-year-old Darien woman. She told police that on April 1 she received an email from Macy's concerning her credit card account. That day, a delivery arrived form Macy's that contained a black men's Under Armor coat that she had not ordered.

She investigated and found that this coat, along with four other pieces of clothing, had been ordered online on March 27, police said. She returned the coat to a local Macy's and the company canceled the other four items, so the woman did not lose any money.

Macy's issued the woman a new car with a new number, but she then discovered that four more fraudulent charges were made on the new account on April 26. This time the person tried to order footwear, according to police. The woman contacted Macy's again, and the Fraud Department is investigating. Police said the woman was in physical possession of her credit card the whole time, and there is no evidence local criminal activity.

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