Area man falls victim to identity theft

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Philip Kraft Jr. said a man named Richard called him posing as a police officer and asked for his social security number and debit and credit card information.

He gave the man his information in fear of being in trouble with the law.

Philip lost more than $30,000 over the course of four days.

Fortunately, his daughter said he will be getting all of the money back and all of his cards are canceled and new ones have been ordered.

This is the first time anything like this has happened to Philip.

His daughter, Teresa Kraft, said 35 purchases were made with his debit card and 31 purchases with his Discover card.

She adds she feels absolutely violated for her father.

"He's an elderly gentleman," Teresa said. "He thought he was doing right, especially when they called in and said they were the authorities and that he would be brought in on criminal charges if he did not give them that information." "That's why he forwarded the information," she added.

The investigation is ongoing. The Grand Island Police Department said they will be looking at the transactions and going through banking paperwork.

They have a few tips for people who may be shopping online.

"Search up or enter the address for the business that they are doing business with online themselves," Captain Jim Duering with the Grand Island Police Department said. "Don't use an email or messaged link sometimes those go to fraudulent sites."

The Kraft family encourages people to never give out their personal information over the phone or online.

If you are interested in learning more information about identity theft and fraud, there will be a presentation in Hastings at the C3 Hotel and Convention Center Dec. 5 at 11:30 a.m - 1 p.m.

It costs $15 and lunch is included.

Everyone must RSVP by Nov. 29.

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