The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Woman tells police of scam
A Grovetown woman called authorities Saturday after discovering she’d been tricked out of her personal and credit card information.
The 67-year-old woman said that on Dec. 1, she got a call from a man who identified himself as Alexander Rowe, a representative of Credit & Debit Monitoring. He said his company was contracted by the woman’s Mastercard company and that he’d noticed suspicious activity on her account. He said Juan Santiago in Miami transferred $625.73 from the woman’s credit card to his PayPal account.
The woman said the caller gave her a confirmation number, then asked her to confirm all three of her credit card numbers, her birth date and her Social Security number. She provided the information.
Later that night, the woman said she called her credit card company for an update. She was told that no such person was under contract by the company. She also was told that four charges were made on her card totaling $283.80 through Western Union. Someone also made two charges totaling $3,200 at a Lowe’s in Ellijay, Ga.
The woman said she cancelled her credit cards.
An Evans man reported Thursday that someone had rearranged his Christmas decorations in a vulgar way.
The 75-year-old man said he recently decorated his yard including a nativity scene, several Christmas trees that light up and several deer. When he left to walk his dog Thursday morning, the man said he discovered that a number of his deer had been posed to appear to be having “sexual relations.” They didn’t appear damaged.
Deputies didn’t find any other houses where the decorations had been tampered with.
Car vandalized at restaurant
A woman said someone vandalized her car as she ate at an Evans restaurant.
The 45-year-old woman said she was at the IHOP at 4361 Washington Road just after 6 p.m. When she returned more than an hour later, she discovered that someone had written “BAD WOLF” and “SD” on the passenger door.
Man’s wages garnished
An Evans man said Friday that his wages were garnished after someone used his identity to open a credit card.
The 56-year-old man said someone created an account with Chase Financial using his information and accrued a $2,103.22 debt.
He was notified when his employer gave him wage garnishment paperwork. The man said something similar happened previously, but he didn’t report it.