Identity theft in Ashland

Ashland, Ore. — Two identity thieves struck in Ashland over the course of a month.

Law enforcement said it’s time to pay more attention to the security of your credit accounts so that this never happens to you.

The first identity theft was last Wednesday, when a man used a counterfeit credit card to purchase tools from Ace Hardware in Ashland. He was later seen again at Fields Home Center committing the same crime.

The second occurrence happened on Fourth of July when another man used a fake card at the Rogue Credit Union on Lithia Way.

Law enforcement said the first step to protecting yourself is the easiest.

“Take the extra step to shred your documents. we’ve all thought about just throwing it in the garbage can. but when we least expect it, some thing like this can happen to you,” Deputy Chief Warren Hensman said, Ashland Police Department.

The investigation for both identity thefts are still ongoing. If you have any information, you’re asked to contact Ashland Police Department.

Ashland Police says even though Ashland is a smaller city, it doesn’t make you any less vulnerable to big city crimes.

They said to help prevent an identity theft from happening, you should always check your bank account for any unusual charges. If you see something out of the ordinary, immediately report it to your bank and contact local law enforcement to start an investigation.

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