Reward offered for arrest of identity fraud suspect

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A reward of $2,500 is being offered for information leading to charges or the arrest of a woman suspected of identity fraud.

Dayton police released a photo of the unknown suspect in hopes the public can help identify and locate her.

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Police tell us the woman in the photo received a $6,000 loan from Universal 1 Credit union by using another person’s social security number, name and other identification.

To provide a tip, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at (937) 222-STOP, submit a tip online at miamivalleycrimestoppers.com, or use the mobile app “p3 tips” and select Miami Valley Crime Stoppers as the agency.

Identity theft a major problem 

Scammers continue to try to trick people into giving out information that the scam artists then use to steal identities to commit all kinds of fraud that can cost consumers loads of money.

In the last year one-quarter of Ohioans aged 18 or older have had their personal information exposed to identity theft and fraud, according to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Fraudsters take an estimated $3 billion from elderly victims every year.

Dayton Daily News investigations last year found that the elderly are frequently the target of scammers and that medical ID theft is on the rise.

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