Wave of debit card fraud prompts concern from local citizens
Grand County citizens in the Fraser Valley are keeping a close watch on their bank accounts this weekend after citizens began reporting fraudulent cash withdrawals on their accounts connected to ATMs along the Front Range.
According to full time Fraser resident Zach Garner the issue was brought to wide public attention Saturday afternoon after a friend of Garners noticed a fraudulent cash withdrawal connected to her boyfriend’s debit card. Garner said the woman posted a public service announcement on Grand County Online Garage Sale on Facebook to let other local citizens known about the fraud.
“Over the next two hours more and more people started posting about it,” Garner said. “We started to realize it wasn’t just her.”
Shortly thereafter Garner added his own PSA post on Grand County Online Garage Sale encouraging citizens to check their accounts for instances of fraud. Garner said he has not personally been impacted by the fraud yet but knows at least 12 people who have either had fraudulent cash withdrawals from their account, or were victims of attempts to fraudulently withdraw cash.
Of the fraudulent cash withdrawals, and attempted withdrawals, he is aware of all have occurred since Saturday morning. Garner said local Facebook sleuths have been trying to narrow down potential businesses that may have been breached by scammers and said speculation is centering on the Safeway and Shell establishments in Fraser.
According to Garner at least one woman who was impacted by the illegal withdrawals has not been in Grand County since December while others impacted by the incident have not been in Middle Park in recent weeks, meaning the data scammers are using to attempted illegal withdrawals could have been obtained weeks or even months ago.
Garner said the fraud appears to be related only to debit cards at this time and that the withdrawals, and attempted withdrawals, have happened at multiple locations throughout the Denver metro area.
Sunday morning the Fraser – Winter Park Police Department posted about the incident on Facebook. Officials from the department stated their have received reports about the incident and highlighted the possibility that the fraud could be derived from sources other than a credit card skimmer.
“We are diligently working on getting to the source, but it is possible this is a data breach and not a skimming device.”
The department recommends that any person who believes there have been fraudulent charges on their card immediately notify their bank and file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.
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