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Plea for Help More Likely a Case of ID Fraud

Plea for Help More Likely a Case of ID Fraud

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Sandra Yi ReportingA plea for help for the family of a slain Utah soldier turned up in a classified ad. We made some calls and found out this may be a case of identity theft.

Someone posted the ad on KSL Classifieds Tuesday. It was deleted shortly after because it was listed in the wrong category, but it was up long enough to catch our attention.

The ad tugs at the heartstrings. Next to a picture of kids it says the widow of a Utah soldier and her children, who are 10 and 11, were left homeless by one of the wildfires. The ad asks for donations for housing, clothes and food. It says an account has been set up at any US Bank.

The details were vague so we sent an e-mail to the listed address, and never got a response. We also called the contact number, and there was no one there by the given name. So we called U.S. Bank. Workers there got us in touch with the woman whose account number was listed in the ad.

April Fronk told us she didn't place the ad. She says she doesn't know the children in the picture, but she does have two kids the same ages. The coincidences don't stop there.

"The info that was given was that the soldier was killed on June 14, and my mother just passed away on June 14," she told us.

So Fronk believes someone she knows posted the ad, but she doesn't know why. She closed her bank account before anyone could donate.

Fronk said, "It was asking for donations. The only thing that could happen is to have those go into my account and that person have access to my account to remove the funds."

We found multiple online sites that allow charitable solicitations. KSL Classifieds posts warnings about fraud and will remove any ads that are reported as fake. Fronk also suggests people keep a close eye on their accounts.

"I think that was one of the lowest things that has ever happened to me," she said.

KSL called the Division of Consumer Protection. They say, know who you donate to. Any charitable solicitations need to be registered with them. The agency says it will pursue criminal action against those who don't register.

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