January 19, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---Kenneth Williams lost his red Excursion and the key to his bank account all in a matter of seconds.
It all started when he gave an acquaintance and the girl with him a ride across town. When Kenneth walked into a BP gas station, he says the pair took off his SUV and his checkbook.
Lieutenant Tony Walden with the Richmond County Sheriff's Department knows the checks the thieves wrote are fraudulent because Kenneth's signature and the signatures on the checks don't match, and the printed phone number is crossed out.
One clerk found all this suspicious and wouldn't take the check, but a couple of hundred dollars from other checks came right out.
Ed Templeton, president of SRP Federal Credit union says if that happens, close your account. The account number printed on the checks gives crooks access to your money.
Kenneth got it back, and his SUV later turned up, so all it ended up costing him is time. But he got a valuable lesson in return.
In this case, thieves could have cleaned out more than his SUV. They could have cleaned out his entire account.