PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – A group of three people are suspected of scamming local Fred Meyer stores as part of an elaborate identity theft scheme, police said.
Officer Barbara Glass, a veteran identity theft investigator with the Portland Police Bureau, said she is trying to identify three suspects who are passing fraudulent checks at local Fred Meyer stores.
Glass said the group is believed to have targeted stores throughout Western Oregon.
At least eight law enforcement agencies are looking into the suspects for check fraud cases in jurisdictions outside of Portland, Glass said.
Glass said the suspects are somehow obtaining stolen bank account numbers to create fake checks.
One of the suspects seen on surveillance images passing the fraudulent checks is changing the fictitious name he uses, Glass said.
“He moves on quickly using different accounts (and) changing account numbers often,” Glass said.
Investigators in the metro are collaborating to share evidence.
“The good thing is, we’re paying attention and we’re collecting photographs.”
The images police have obtained come from Fred Meyer stores and a U.S. Bank location.
Glass believes police are looking for at least two men and a female associate.
Anyone who may have information on the suspects should call 503.823.4800. People with specific information and current whereabouts of the suspects should call the non-emergency number at 503.823.3333