Washington County deputies investigating cases of identity theft at Aloha …

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says it is aiding the U.S. Post Office in an investigation into possible cases of identity theft from at least two post offices in the county.

The sheriff’s office has received reports since March 16 from eight people who have noticed suspicious activity on their ATM and credit cards after buying stamps at post offices at 3800 S.W. 185th Ave., in Aloha and at 4550 S.W. Betts Ave., in Beaverton, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff’s spokesman.

Investigators have not yet confirmed how credit information is being stolen, but they believe suspects may be creating duplicate card readers and pin pads that they attach and later remove from self-service kiosks, Ray said. The devices store credit information and allow access to funds.

No such devices have been found at the Beaverton or Aloha post offices, Ray said. It is not known if all the reported cases are related, but they “appear to be more than coincidences,” he said.

The sheriff’s office has released photos of people who may be tied to the cases.

“It’s really difficult to catch people in the act because they don’t have to remain in the area where the crime is occurring for a long period of time,” Ray said. “So we’re asking people to please carefully monitor their accounts and report any suspicious activity.”

Anyone who suspects being a victim or has any information on the people in the surveillance photos is asked to call their local law enforcement agency.

— Everton Bailey Jr.

Article source: http://www.oregonlive.com/washingtoncounty/index.ssf/2014/04/washington_county_deputies_inv_2.html

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