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Fraudsters Make Off With $10K From Area High School Senior's Account

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Scammers exploited a loophole to steal $10,000 from the bank account of a high school student in Rockland County.

The criminals made off with the money by using numerous counterfeit checks to build the account balance, according to a WABC-TV "7 On Your Side" investigative report.

Jason Hirschberg, a Suffern High School senior, had just $74 in his Chase account before the balance swelled when the fraudsters were able to make a copy of his chip card and compromise his pin, before making an initial $1,000 cash deposit, the report said.

That deposit enabled them to cash separate $995 counterfeit checks at numerous Chase branches, coming away with$10,000 before the family made a fraud claim, which was initially denied. 

After WABC asked Chase to review the claim, the $10,000 was returned to the Hirschbergs and Chase said it changed its check cashing policies.

Click here to watch the WABC report.

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