Seminole County woman's stolen identity tracked to Oregon

Portland police say thief racked up thousands in purchases

Published On: Mar 07 2013 07:40:43 PM EST
ORLANDO, Fla. -

A Seminole County woman says she is nervous after someone stole her identity and ended up charging thousands on credit cards in her name at stores in Portland, Ore.

Police said they still don't know how someone lifted the woman's identity, but authorities in Portland have released several photos of the impostor.

The local victim, who didn't want to be named, said she found out about the identity theft when the fraud department from Target called her to verify some purchases.

"They asked me if I had been in their Portland store on February 17, and I said I had obviously not. I live in Florida," she said.

Portland police said the thief racked up thousands in purchases at Target, Kohl's and Macy's and even bought nine iPhones within 24 hours.

The victim wanted to get her story out to make others aware that no one is safe from identity theft. The woman and her lawyer hope someone can identify the impostor, but officers say this case may never be resolved.

Police said like all identity theft, it's a crime that is extremely hard to prosecute.

"Our white collar crimes investigators have the reports and they will unfortunately put them with a lot of other reports we get about ID theft," said Portland Police Spokesman Pete Simpson.