- In January, a neighbor on 70th Street received a credit card bill for $4,000+ from Apple. The merchandise was ordered by computer, charged to his credit card and supposedly sent to his house. He never made such an order nor received the merchandise. This family is out at work and it is not known whether someone was sitting outside waiting for UPS to deliver the goods, but someone did sign for it. The name was bogus. My neighbor reached out to the bank but never thought to make a police report until I urged him to do so.
- Today, I was speaking to another neighbor on 70th Street and she said she recently applied for a new credit card which was to be sent by mail. While she was away on a short vacation, she received a Fraud Alert from Citibank stating that someone charged $5,000+ merchandise to her new card at PC Richards. She couldn't understand how this happened since the bank usually asks people to "activate" their new card from their home phone - which she never did because she hadn't received the card. She, like the neighbor above, didn't think to make a police report because the bank said they would cover the charges. The 104th Precinct will have someone contact her.
Please pass this on to friends, family and neighbors.