She's sometimes a brunette, sometimes a blonde society type. At other times she's a white-haired matron. But police say she's a thief who has used wigs, stylish scarves and hats to make off with more than $200,000 in cash from several victims' checking accounts in Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County, Md.
Police have dubbed the series of thefts, identity thefts and check fraud the "wig lady" case. They estimate that the unidentified suspect has successfully hit about 20 bank accounts since last September. She is still on the loose.
This world is turning into a nightmare and more people are finding different and better ways to get what they want. Fraud cost the United states $677 million a year.
FAQ: What should I do if I suspect check fraud?
- Monitor your banking account closely for a long period of time.
- Immediately report any suspicious activity.
- Elect to close your account but notify any automatic payees.
- It is very important to guard checking account information.