Jackson County Sheriff's Department released this security camera photo of the suspect.

Sheriff's department seeks fraud suspect

A man who claimed to be selling magazine subscriptions to help veterans is suspected of withdrawing nearly $900 in cash from a 92-year-old Medford woman's bank account, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department reports.

The sheriff's department said in a news release today that the woman, who lives in the 3400 block of South Pacific Highway, reported the fraud July 2 and now investigators are seeking the public's help in tracking the suspect down.

The woman told a deputy that a man about 20 who said he was a neighbor's grandson came to her door selling magazine subscriptions on July 1. The salesman told the woman he was raising money for war veterans, the news release said.

When the woman said she didn't have any money at her home, the man said he could take her debit card and go get cash for her order, then bring back her card. The woman agreed and handed over her debit card, the sheriff's department reported.

Investigators said the man then went to three ATMs, withdrawing nearly $900 in an hour. He returned the debit card to the woman, but she became suspicious when he didn't provide any order forms or subscription information, the news release said.

Sheriff's investigators concluded that the man wasn't really the neighbor's grandson and are now working to identify who he really is, the release said.

He is white with short brown hair, no visible tattoos or other marks and was wearing a short-sleeved shirt, shorts, and a purple and yellow bracelet on his left wrist. Authorities have released a photo of him from the ATM where the woman's card was used.

Anyone who recognizes him or knows his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's tip line at 541-774-8333 or Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in this case or any unsolved criminal activity. Callers can remain anonymous.

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