Wallingford police investigating debit card fraud

Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 11:07 am | Updated: 11:33 am, Wed Dec 28, 2011.

Russell Blair – MyRecordJournal.com

WALLINGFORD – Police are investigating complaints from locals who say their debit card information has been stolen.

The department has received dozens of complaints of bank debit cards being compromised, police said. All of the victims were in possession of their debit cards, but the card’s information was used to make thousands of dollars in fraudulent purchases.

On Christmas Day, one of the victim’s debit card information was used at a Walgreens Pharmacy in Greenwich. A black female and two black males are believed to be involved, police said.

“Most of the victims were alerted to the fradulent purchases by their banks when suspicious activity on their accounts was noticed,” police said in a statement.

According to police, banking officials believe that debit card information was stolen over the last several months when the debit cards were used for local retail purchases.

Police are working with local businesess and banks to determine the extent and origin of the fraud.

“We encourage residents to be proactive by regularly checking their bank accounts concerning their debit card use and immediately notifying their bank upon locating a suspicious debit card transaction,” Lt. Marc Mikulski said in a statement. “The sooner the bank is made aware of the unauthorized transaction, the quicker it can be corrected and the fraudulent transactions stopped.”

Anybody who may be able to identify the individuals pictured in Walgreens security footage is asked to contact Wallingford Police Department at (203) 294-2805.

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