Woman accused of using clever scheme to steal credit card

Polk County Deputies searching for woman
Posted at 6:58 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-15 18:58:03-04

Polk County Deputies are looking for a woman they say tricked a bank into sending a replacement credit card, then stole that card when it was delivered to the victim's home.

The woman racked up nearly $2,200 in one afternoon on June 24th at 6 stores across Lakeland.

"The suspect either went through the mail in the box and got the information about where she banked or she had access to a receipt from where the lady used her credit card." Sheriff Grady Judd said

She then called the bank pretending to be the card holder claiming to have lost her card and requested a new one.

"And they go, 'Okay, we'll have it out to you' and 'It will be between 10:00 and 12:00 tomorrow' or whatever time." Sheriff Judd said.

She then went to the home and stole the UPS package from her front porch.

Surveillance pictures of the woman were taken from several stores. So far, nobody has come forward to identify her.

Sheriff Judd says the best way to protect yourself from a crime like this is to make sure your mail is locked up. He says you can buy a locking mailbox or pay for a PO BOX at the post office.