Computer Virus Used to Swipe ID’s of Madison County Residents
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – Authorities in Madison County say it appears that a computer virus was used to steal the identities of several residents there.
Numerous reports of ID theft have been made to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department since November of 2010.
Victims have reported that charges have been made on their accounts from as far away as New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Texas, Georgia, California and elsewhere.
Investigators were able to take several images from a surveillance camera at a restaurant in Bridgeton, Missouri.
The subjects used a credit card with information lifted from a Madison County residents.
The subject with the beard and the New York Yankees hat in the photo above was also seen in video from a Kmart store in Springfield, Missouri — again using stolen credit card information to make a purchase.
That footage also showed that the suspect is driving a red, four-door vehicle.
At one point the suspect mentioned he was a student at Missouri State College in Springfield — officials there have been alerted about the case.
The ID theft cases have been referred to the FBI in Springfield, Illinois for any other fradulent charges made outside of Madison County.
Anyone with information is asked to called Captain Brad Wells at (618) 223-0217, or an anonymous tip line at (618) 296-3000.
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