Suwannee Democrat


December 13, 2013

LOPD investigating nearly 40 fraud cases

Chief Williams offers safety tips to protect personal identity

Live Oak —

Live Oak Police Chief Buddy Williams said the Live Oak Police Department is investigating approximately 40 fraud cases that have occurred in the city. 

“In the last three weeks, we have been experiencing a large increase in credit card fraud cases,” Williams said. “The Live Oak Police Department is investigating approximately 40 cases. I know that this time of year is the time that a lot of this activity increases. It seems that around the holidays for obvious reasons person(s) take advantage of the ease of shopping online or just the fact that the hustle and bustle makes us as shoppers a little less aware.”

Williams recommended using credit option rather than debit for more protection.

“When shopping whether online or in person, I would advise folks to use the CREDIT option on the cards,” Williams said. “It does not cost anything extra, and the consumer has more protection using the credit function. I highly encourage this at fuel pumps and restaurants.”

He continued, “I also would like to remind people if they are shopping to put gifts in a location that is not visible through car or house windows (after all, Santa comes in the middle of the night). It is also important to close blinds or curtains when not at home, I understand that we want people to see our beautiful trees and lights, but it is also a time for the criminals to spot what we have.”

For safety purposes, Williams said it’s good to take a friend shopping.

“If you partake in the shopping frenzy, shop in groups do not display large amounts of cash at the register, and periodically make a run to the car to put some of the bags up, arm loads of packages are not very safe, and tends to make us set them down while paying for other gifts. I also recommend shopping with friends, safety in numbers is always a good thing. I, too, get excited about Christmas, but remember not all people have a giving heart.”

For more information, contact the LOPD at 386-362-7463.

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