Today, Yahoo News reported that a couple from Anchorage, Alaska were victimized when their debit card number was stolen. Since the couple, Susie and Chris Lindford, had identity theft protection, they were not charged for the thief's $5,000 shopping spree. Their bank issued a refund and assigned the couple a new account number.
However, the day after filing the police report, unexpected packages began arriving at their house. It seems that the thief used the Lindford's address for both billing and shipping. Because of the variation in the purchases, the Lindfords believe the thief was attempting to purchase Christmas gifts.
The Lindfords received:
- a car stereo and radar detector
- a baseball bat signed by former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones
- an autographed, framed portrait of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.
- four expensive North Face jackets
- martial arts equipment
- a linen scrapbook
- an expensive women's coat
The thief also used the Lindford's card to pay for a phone bill and a subscription to USA Today. After the card was canceled (only an hour after the spree began), the thief was denied joining a book-of-the-month club.
Susie Lindford says she plans to return the items to the sellers even though she and her husband are not liable for them.