Recreational equipment purchases defraud school district
On Tuesday at 10:32 a.m., a school secretary at Sojourner Elementary, 11909 S.E. Linwood Ave., Milwaukie, reported finding two fraudulent uses of one its assigned credit-card numbers from the North Clackamas School District.
The first reported incident occurred on Feb. 25 for $100, and another allegedly unlawful charge was made on March 7 for $200. There were no credit cards missing as of Friday, and both incidents were online purchases through Bass Pro Shops with out-of-state delivery addresses.
According to the March 26 report to the Milwaukie Police Department, incidents were discovered during a check of that particular credit-card number after receiving a phone call from an employee at Perfumania, an online business. The business was checking the validity of an online order and rejected the attempted purchase because the shipping address was in California while the billing address was in Oregon.
Officier Ulli Neitch, Milwaukie police spokeswoman, said no suspects have been identified. Milwaukie has suspended the investigation until further suspect information develops.
Fraudulent online purchases with no suspect information is unfortunately common, Neitch said, law enforcement receives numerous reports from citizens whose credit-card numbers have been compromised and used for unauthorized online purchases.
Neitch and other law-enforcement officials recommend that citizens and businesses regularly check their credit-card statements for anomalies.