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Identity theft victim speaks out

Posted by Sheli Muniz -email

BOCA RATON(WFLX)---A Boca Raton woman is speaking out after becoming the victim of identity theft.  Two people now accused of trying to withdraw thousands of dollars from her checking account.

Linda Wakeel had her purse stolen when thieves broke into her car. They got away with her driver's license, checkbook and credit cards ...Even her social security card.

Wakeel closed her checking account and cancelled her credit cards, but police say Maria Purgavie and Jason Moore tried to withdraw $2100 from her account.

An alert teller noticed the woman in the drive through didn't match Wakeel's license..that's when she called police and the two were caught nearby.

Wakeel said, "I just gave her a lot of credit for being sharp and very thankful -- I love the idea they're in jail and I hope they stay there for a long time."

Police say carry a minimum number of credit cards and never carry your social security card in your wallet or purse.

By the way...identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States.

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