This time of year means shopping, shopping , and more shopping. But FOX10 News Fugitve Files, and Mobile Police warn credit card fraud is especially prevalent this time of year, and we're not talking about sophisticated, electronic identity theft. Many times, it's simply a crime of opportunity.
We have two examples to share. This is Sonya Powell McRand. Earlier this year, a 71 year old woman hired her to run errands while the victim recovered from knee surgery. According to investigators, the woman gave McRand her credit card to go grocery shopping. But they say, McRand went on her own shopping spree, ringing up $4,000 dollars in charges at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, AT&T, and gas stations. McRand hasn't been seen since this past winter. She's facing financial exploitation of an elderly person charges.
McRand is 61 years old. She's 5'4" tall, and weighs 160 pounds.
Our next fugitive, is Priscilla Louise Scott. This past August, M-P-D says she stole a guest's credit card while working at a local hotel, then used it at Best Buy to the tune of nearly $2,900. She also used the card to pay personal bills, and eat out.
Scott is describes as 25 years old; 5' 5" tall, and weighing 230 pounds.
If you have seen either woman. or know where they are, call the "FOX10 News Fugitive Files/Crimestopper's Hotline" at 251-208-7211. Remember: you don't have to leave your name.