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Police Blotter, Feb. 10, 2016

Man confronts trespasser

Posted: February 10, 2016 - 12:04am

The following accounts were taken from Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident reports:

Man confronts trespasser

A Grovetown man called authorities Friday after he confronted someone who tried to burglarize his home.

The 38-year-old man said someone knocked on his door just after midnight. When he opened the door, the man said a stranger was standing in his back yard. When he asked who he was, the trespasser said he was a game warden investigating a report of deer poaching.

When the man asked for some identification, the trespasser said he didn’t have it with him. A blue van arrived and the stranger got inside and left.

Looking around, the man found a trail camera missing, a window screen missing and a door of his home damaged. A deputy found the window screen on the ground and the damage to the door from what appeared to be someone trying to pry it open.

Woman’s ID used for job

An Appling woman told deputies Thursday that someone used her personal information for a state job.

The 56-year-old woman said she received a 1095-C tax form from the Georgia Department of Corrections verifying her employment and health insurance coverage for 2015. The woman said she has never worked for the state department. The form included her name, date of birth, address and Social Security number.

When speaking with seven department of corrections representatives, the woman said she received no assistance. She was told that she was employed by the department or they would not have sent it.

Ad paid for with stolen ID

A Martinez man told deputies Friday that someone used his name to pay for an online job ad with a fraudulent credit card.

The 40-year-old man said that he received three e-mails that contained receipts from a company called LinkedIn. The first two receipts were for $750 and the third for $1,250, totaling $2,750.

The man said he doesn’t have any credit cards, just bank debit cards. He contacted Visa and was told that he does have a credit card in his name. He told the representative that he didn’t open the account and was told he needed a police report to dispute the charges.

The investigation revealed that a Visa was opened in the man’s name and used. The charges were for some job postings in Tanzania through LinkedIn.

Woman spots an online scam

A Grovetown woman said Thursday that she recognized a suspicious online job ad before she was scammed out of money.

The woman said she responded by text message on Jan. 27 to an ad on craigslist.com for part-time employment as the caregiver for an elderly woman. The person she communicated with said that his elderly mother would be moving to West Augusta from Rome, Ga. and she could begin working on Feb. 3.

When she received a $1,950 check on Feb. 3, the woman was instructed to deposit the check, which she did. She was then told to send $1,500 by wire transfer to someone who she was told was the elderly woman’s new landlord.

The woman said she believed the activity was suspicious, so she cancelled the check through her bank and told authorities.

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