PCSD warns public of new ATM scam - Tucson News Now

PCSD warns public of new ATM scam

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima County Sheriff's Department officials ask for the public's help to track down scammers who have the potential to target your bank account.

Authorities warn the public of a new ATM scam called "cracking cards" in which police say scammers put counterfeit or stolen checks into someone else's bank account. Then they withdraw money using the person's PIN number or debit card number before the bank knows the check was fraudulent, authorities said.

These people have been known to go to campuses and cheat cash-strapped students, according to a news release.

Authorities said targeted account holders could be held accountable for the monetary loss.

Sheriff's deputies remind the public to verify the identity of the person trying to obtain personal information; don't give personal information via phone or email (birth dates, social security numbers, maiden names, addresses, bank account numbers, debit/credit card numbers and PIN numbers); and maintain a phone call or solicitation record, including the phone number.

Fraud victims are urged to contact 911, or report email or Internet scams to the Internet Crime Complaint Center at http://www.ic3.gov.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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