September 26, 2016 at 5:11 pm #2941
Dear Sun City Villagers: Sun City Anthem resident, Carole Thompson, has written another alarming account of her personal account of a theft while shopping at Von’s. We always need to stay vigilant no matter how secure a location may seem:
Yes, I was robbed, not at gunpoint but deviously so done. The policeman said that they are “professionals” and many have been duped.
It was in the grocery store. They managed to get my wallet out of my purse and re-zip the purse. I have ALWAYS been very careful of these things, but they were “good”!!
My hand was next to my purse all the time. One of them was holding the doors to the freezer section open until it fogged, and when I went to the freezer section and was trying hard to see the labels on the foods, they extracted my wallet and re-zipped the purse, leaving as quickly as possible and was at three different ATM’s going down Eastern before anyone could suspect anything.
This has been done numerous times in Vons and, I assume, other establishments in the area. The policeman said they are part of a ring and have been working the area. One can’t imagine how many cards, etc. have to be replaced and accounts frozen. Since we never used debit cards, we wondered how they could get a code, and all the policeman would say is “They are professionals and know how to access accounts!”
Do be careful, as I have encountered 7 others in the area who have been accosted in the same way. Once they get your cards etc. it is unbelievable what they can do with your information. Last night I got a warning from Twitter, where I have NEVER had an account, as well as increased phone scams and other computer scams.
No one realizes how many cards etc. they have in their wallet until something like this happens. We froze ALL of our accounts everywhere and are still getting harassment from various sources. Do be careful and check your accounts. Why they have so many rights no one knows, but it seems that our laws are not working very well to keep these people from getting at us.
Another couple of things the policeman said that they are dealing with now are: when you get gasoline—-do NOT put your card into the place outside as there are two different types of undetectable devices being used that get ALL your information very quickly without you knowing it. Also, be careful in restaurants if using a credit card. I guess these are the things that are keeping our policemen very busy.
I have met at least 7 other people who have had this happen to them. It is costly and time-consuming to replace your cards, driver’s license, and even your club card for Anthem. One lady told me that she was robbed earlier in the day and the person who had her license went to her bank and the teller gave out money without even checking her picture. I question “WHY” the need for the picture if it isn’t useful.
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