Fort Myers credit card thief buys $1500 worth of Yeti Coolers
FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Fort Myers man is holding out hope the man accused of stealing his personal information is caught before the suspect does anything else with his identity.
Dennis Oates says he was making a gas station run at the 7-Eleven gas station on College Parkway on April 5th when he realized he accidentally left his card in the chip reader once he got home.
“I don’t know if they made a distraction or what but somehow the card got left in the reader,” Oates said. “Right away I get a text message it had been used at the Ace Hardware in Bonita for $1,500 bucks.”
In a picture obtained by Sunshine Ace Hardware’s security cameras in Bonita Springs, the suspect is seen with a cart full of Yeti Coolers, which is considered a high-end cooler brand by many.
“I hope they let him take his Yeti coolers to the penitentiary,” said Oates.
Oates said he immediately canceled his card. The suspect’s shopping spree wasn’t over, Oates says the man then went to a Target in Naples and spent another $800.
“It is a felony so the guy is gonna go to prison if they do catch him,” said Oates.
Oates was reimbursed by his credit card company but the suspect is still on the run. He believes this ordeal is far from over.
“I heard now it can go on the dark web he’s got the number. They can use it to open another account in our name so it’s really not over for me yet. This could continue for years,” Oates said.
Paul Oster is the President of the company, “Better Qualified.” He suggests only carrying one credit card on you at a time and always check your purchases to ensure your information isn’t anywhere it shouldn’t be.
“It’s not as easy as you would think to have those negative accounts removed once they’ve been reported to the credit bureaus,” said Oster. “There’s no such thing as identity theft protection. Early detection is the key.”
If you know anything about the incident or recognize the suspect in the picture call the Lee County Sheriff’s Office
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