On May 2, a 72-year-old Ponte Vedra man received a bill in the mail for $1899.54 for a “Bridal Set” wedding ring from Kay Jewelers. The individual isn’t engaged, however, and he said he definitely did not buy it.
According to a police report from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, the statement was from a purchase that was made at a Kay Jewelers in Foley, Alabama. The statement sent to the man was from Progressive Leasing, which stated that payments would start on May 18 and continue bi-weekly for 27 payments. Including interest, the purchase totaled over $4,000.
When the man called the company, the representative closed the account and said she would forward the claim to their fraud department. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office also suggested that he contact Social Security to inform them his number had been compromised.
For anyone interested in learning about how to prevent identity theft, visit the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office website at www.sjso.org/community-resources/tips-from-sjso.