A Westchester resident was the victim of a near $200,000 identity theft when fraudsters opened a joint bank account to rob from his savings, police said.
Investigators at the Scarsdale Police Department received a complaint on Saturday, Aug. 7, from a Harvest Drive resident who said he had been alerted by Chase Bank of suspicious transactions that took place between Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Thursday, Aug. 29.
In total, $190,000 was stolen from the victim’s Chase Savings account.
Police said that Chase Bank told the victim that another individual opened a joint savings account using his personal identifying information to gain access to the money. The fraudster then linked the new joint account with the victim’s savings account to transfer the money, which was then withdrawn.
According to police, the victim has not been reimbursed the money as Chase Bank conducts its own investigation. Investigators said that the victim already had a LifeLock account, but it did not detect any suspicious activity until days after it occurred. His accounts are currently being monitored.
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