ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Two members of Credit Union 1 were notified by their credit union that someone had stolen their debit card number and had racked up some $5,000 worth of purchases in an hour and the credit union cancelled the card – but not before the unawares thief had the merchandise sent to the victims’ home.

The credit union blocked the card and the Lindfords got their money back. Credit Union 1 later issued a new account number, while the Lindfords filed a police report.

Even after the couple, identified as Chris and Susie Lindford, believed the ID theft had been resolved packages started arriving at their home: stereo equipment, sports memorabilia, martial arts gear and women’s jackets. Whoever stole the card apparently used the card’s billing address as the shipping address, meaning the Lindfords wound up getting the merchandise ordered with their stolen card.

It is unclear how this happened. Most retail sites have a box that can be checked that automatically fills in the billing address as the shipping address, so it is possible the thief checked it without thinking through the implications. Another possibility is the thief planned to steal the packages off the Lindfords’ front porch.

The merchandise mailed to the Lindfords after the fraudulent purchases included: a car stereo; radar detector; a baseball bat signed by Major League Baseball star Chipper Jones; an autographed portrait of race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; several North Face jackets; a linen scrapbook; and, martial arts gloves and shin pads.

The thief also tried to join a “fruit of the month club,” but apparently the Lindfords never got any fruit.


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