Identity Theft Scam Rings up $6,000-Plus Bill

Would-be thieves use Lake Bluff resident's address to deliver goods hoping she wouldn't be home.


A case of identity theft left a resident with more than $6,000 in credit card charges and nothing to show for it.

A resident in the 300 block of Belle Forte Court received a call July 7 from Nordstrom after two purchases on her account were red flagged. One charge was for $2,700 and was set to be delivered to her home address, and the second was for $1,000 and was to be delivered to an address in Chicago.

In addition, a separate charge using her American Express card was made at Neiman Marcus for another $2,700 to purchase a Celine handbag. The handbag was delivered by Federal Express to her house at 10:30 a.m. July 7, and picked up by someone other than the homeowner.

The homeowner called at 11:16 a.m. July 7 to report a suspicious car parked by her house. When the UPS truck arrived to deliver the package from Nordstrom, she denied the delivery and then watched the parked auto perform a three-point turn and leave the area. The item bound for a Chicago address was canceled.

Lake Bluff Police continue to investigate the case.

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