On August 30, 2016 and September 2, 2016, Port St. Lucie Police took reports on a new scam involving ATM/Debit card.
The scam goes something like this: The suspect calls the victim and claims to be a representative from their bank. The suspect tells the victim that their card is expired or that they need a new card with a security chip. The suspect solicits the victim to give them their date of birth and social security number or asks for the PIN number to the debit card. The suspect tells the victim to put the card in the mailbox and a representative of the bank will pick it up and a new card will be sent to them. The suspect then picks the card up from the mailbox and goes on a spending spree.
In the case on August 30, 2016, the suspect obtained the 90 year old victim’s personal information, called the bank, then changed the PIN number associated with the card. The victim left the card in the mailbox as instructed and later in the day the card was picked up by the suspect. The victim realized it was a scam after she noticed that her bank account was overdrawn.
Bank surveillance photographs shows the suspect as a heavy set black female wearing a hat and large sunglasses. The suspect car is described as a light colored four door SUV.
Police are warning citizens to beware of this scam and are asking if you have any information on either of these cases to call the Port St. Lucie Police Department at (772) 871-5001 or Treasure Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-800-273 TIPS.