Anna Williams has vowed never to use a credit card again.
The Central Kitsap resident was up skiing earlier this week, her American Express card happily in her wallet. When she came down from the mountain, she found that someone had somehow started using the card.
Williams, who works as a letter carrier for the post office, speculates that a waiter or waitress who’d taken her card to pay for a meal swiped the numbers from it. In any case, she’s become a victim of identity theft.
“I want people to know that this happens right here in
Bremerton,” Williams said. “I feel so violated right now.”
She found out about it when she went to fill up her gas tank and the card got denied. When she called the company, they told her they believed someone was using it fraudulently.
She doesn’t know how much money they were able to spend on it, and is hoping the charges will be waived. After she spoke with me she said she planned on filing a report with the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
ID Theft is still a huge problem around the country. To learn about such thefts through the eyes of a thief, check out our special report.
For tips on how to deter, detect or defend against ID theft, go to the Federal Trade Commission’s web site. There’s a ton of useful information.
I also plan to follow up with Anna and see if she was able to get her money back.