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A 57-year-old woman said she fell victim to identity theft after paying her cellphone bill in January. She noticed about $800 had been spent without her consent or knowledge over the span of a month.

The Dededo resident said she went to DOCOMO PACIFIC to pay her cellphone bill Jan. 5. When the employee assisting her took her credit card to the back of the store, and out of sight, "she didn't think anything of it," according to the victim's nephew, who lives with his aunt.

About a month later, when the woman received her credit card statement, she noticed multiple unauthorized purchases, mainly computer parts, amounting to approximately $800.

She immediately put the card on hold and filed a report with a credit agency. She suspected the telecommunications employee since the purchases started the same day she had paid her cellphone bill, according to her nephew.

On Friday, the victim received the complete report back from the credit card company, and confirmed the suspect as the unnamed employee. The agency also credited her the amount used by the employee.

The woman and her nephew showed the report to DOCOMO PACIFIC personnel Saturday, "not looking for payback," said the victim's nephew, but to inform them. They also filed a police report at the Dededo Precinct Command.

"We are aware that a complaint has been filed and are cooperating with local law enforcement," said Ken Quintanilla, public relations coordinator for DOCOMO PACIFIC.

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