Monday, June 3, 2013

Bank Teller Identity Theft

A Philadelphia bank teller accessed customers' accounts to obtain information such as social security number, date of birth. He then sold the information which was used to create counterfeit checks, payable to victims and cashed using the stolen identity information.

The fraud loss for this scheme is estimated to be over a quarter of a million dollars.

"Jewell-Wright obtained the addresses, Social Security numbers, and account bank balances for some of Wachovia’s customers which he then sold." - Private Officer News
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Sources:
(a) Philadelphia Bank Teller’s Theft from Customer Accounts Leads to Criminal Charges - Private Officer News, 06/02/2013

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