HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – An Horry County realtor posted surveillance video to YouTube on Tuesday of a stranger walking up to his home and taking a package on his front porch. But unlike other mail thefts, it was apparently the stranger who had ordered the package.
The realtor, who asked not to be identified, called police after he received a call from Sprint informing him that an account had been opened in his name on February 15, using his name, address and social security number, according to an Horry County Police report. The Sprint employee told the him that a $4,000 purchase of four iPhones was made on the account, and that purchase was delivered to his address on February 17.
The realtor had never opened account, never made a purchase, and never received any merchandise, he told police.
But when he reviewed surveillance footage from outside his home on February 17, sure enough, a delivery had been made, and a package was left on his front porch. A few minutes later, a man walked up to the porch, grabbed the package, and left.
"He just walked right up and took it," the realtor said. "I still couldn't believe it when I saw it, I was like 'Oh my god!'"
While the $4,000 iPhone purchase was not made with his money, he later found out that on February 18, his credit had been run by AT&T and Verizon.
So how did this stranger get this man's information? That's not clear, but he told police he provided his social security number when he upgraded his phone at a Verizon store in January.
The realtor told police he's not out any money, but he is worried that it may continue to happen to others.
The man who apparently stole the realtor's identity and picked up the package from his home is described in the police report as a black male wearing a blue shirt, jeans, and some type of ID badge. He was driving a dark blue FLEX vehicle.
"This guy kind of violated my space and I just wanted to see if somebody knew him," the victim said.
When WMBF News took a look at Sprint's website, it was discovered that their fraud management department does deal with cases like this. Victims are encouraged to report the incident online so they can investigate further.
The realtor said Sprint has closed the account and is investigating the matter. Horry County Police are investigating as well.