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Portola Valley: $40,000 in unauthorized charges

Resident discovers charges on returning home from two-week vacation

While a resident of Westridge Drive in Portola Valley was out of the country on a two-week vacation, someone ran up $40,000 in charges on his credit card, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reports.

He discovered the charges upon returning home Oct. 5.

The resident's home phone had several messages from his credit card company about the spate of purchases, the Sheriff's Office said.

The money was used for merchandise and services.

Authorities said they have no suspects.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of another community
on Oct 11, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Wow! My focus on his enviable credit limit quickly dissipated because this is really bad news. I hope they catch the criminal big spenders & that their trail of bad debt isn't too long or deep.


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Posted by David
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Oct 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm

With the availability of the Internet everywhere, it would pay to check checking and credit card accounts online even while abroad.


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