Company helps man whose checking account was wiped outPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- This is a follow-up to a story we brought you last week.
You might remember James Detty. His checking account was wiped out by a Phoenix company all because he applied for a credit card.
In the end, Detty says he was taken for nearly $500.
But Detty is a lot better today compared to our first report when he says he was ripped off.
Detty was upset because his bank account was wiped out by a company called Identity Theft Protection Services.
Detty says the Phoenix-based company zapped his checking account for different amounts of money until he was finally out $450.
Detty says his problems began when he applied for a credit card online. But by applying for that card, Detty was automatically enrolled into a program called Identity Theft Protection Services.
As a result, the company cleaned out his checking account.
The company wasn't interested in working with 3 On Your Side, but we were able to track down their office, which was a P.O. box in Phoenix.
Detty says he really needed the money the company took to get caught up with bills.
Well, after that report aired, a property management company called Rossmar and Graham contacted 3 On Your Side and said they wanted to help Detty out, and help they did.
"On behalf of Rossmar and Graham we'd like to present this check for $500 to James Detty to help out in his current situation," Candice Baron said.
Yep, a $500 check made out to Detty.
Candice Baron is with Rossmar and Graham and says her boss is the one who came up with the idea.
"When he was listening to the news on Friday he heard about the plight of this gentleman and how he'd been taken advantage of and he wanted to help out," Baron said.
3 On Your Side took that check and immediately handed it over to Detty.
Detty says he's extremely grateful and can now use the money to help pay bills, bills he was attempting to pay before his account was drained.
He also has a message for the man who wrote out that check.
"Sir, I don't know who you are, but if I ever come across you I'm going to give you the biggest hug you ever had," Detty said.