Authorities are looking to identify a scam artist who stole a Bensonhurst resident’s identity, using the victim’s name to open up a slew of credit card accounts and charging some $20,000 worth of purchases to them.
According to reports, the victim, a 48-year-old man who lives near West First Street and 65th Street, learned about the fraud on Wednesday, August 17 from a credit card company employee.
All but two of the fraudulently obtained credit cards were canceled. Of the two, one card was used by the unknown crook on Saturday, July 1 inside a Cartier store to buy merchandise worth over $13,000.
On Tuesday, August 1, the second card was used inside an Apple Store on Bedford Avenue to purchase more than $7,000 worth of merchandise.
The perp is described as a dark skinned male with a beard. He was last seen wearing a checkered blue and white long-sleeved shirt, dark-colored pants and black shoes.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.