The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:
Woman loses $600 in scam
A Martinez woman said she lost nearly $600 trying to get an online grant.
The 37-year-old woman said she went to www.fastercash
today.com, where she signed up for a $1,000 grant. She was given instructions to obtain MoneyPak cash cards to pay for processing fees and taxes. She bought three cards totaling $588.88 and gave the card information to a company representative. That representative told the woman that she’d receive the $1,000 via Western Union and gave her a Western Union tracking number.
When the woman went to get her money, the Western Union employee said there was no such transaction. The woman called Western Union corporate office, where someone stated the tracking number didn’t exist.
The woman said she talked to the Web site representative again and was told she wouldn’t receive any money unless she paid more.
Man reports stolen checks
A Martinez man said Tuesday that he thinks a couple who helped him move stolen and used his checks.
The 77-year-old man said he was moving from one apartment to another at Washington Commons and had a friend help. The friend brought along another friend and her 20-year-old son and his girlfriend to help. The man said he believes the young couple stole the checks, which were hidden in his closet.
The man said he didn’t know the checks were stolen until he checked his bank account online and discovered numerous transactions using his checks at Walmart and Food Lion stores.
TV, microwave are stolen
A Harlem woman called authorities Tuesday after discovering her home had been burglarized.
The 27-year-old woman said that she came home just after 6 p.m., she found the garage door of her home up and the door leading into the house open. The woman said walked inside and discovered that someone stole her microwave and television.
Deputies found no signs of forced entry.
Stolen ATM card used repeatedly
An Evans woman said Tuesday that someone stole her debit card and used it repeatedly.
The 49-year-old woman said that between Dec. 11 and 12, someone took her debit card out of her purse while she was at home. She said the thief then withdrew $1,195.20 from various ATMs at gas stations.
The woman said the thief then returned the card back to her wallet.