From Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers
LUFKIN, TX - Closely monitoring your bank accounts and credit cards is a necessity and you must ensure that the mailing address and telephone number on file with the bank are correct. This week's Crime of the Week demonstrates what can happen when your bank does not know how to reach you.
September 30, a victim reported that someone fraudulently withdrew $750 from her bank account. She had requested a debit card from her bank but it was mailed to her old address and someone else used it at several ATMs.
September 29 and 30, someone used the card four times at ATMs in Lufkin; once at a grocery store and twice at a convenience store, both on North Timberland Drive, and once at a bank on South First Street.
Closely monitoring your accounts allows you to detect fraud soon after it occurs and quickly reporting fraud increases the chances of finding the responsible criminals. While most businesses use security cameras, not all of them store the captured video indefinitely.
Portions of video from cameras at the grocery store are posted online at www.DETCS.tips and facebook.com/detcs and show that the victim's card was used by a white female with long, dark hair. Her face was shielded from the cameras by a bucket-style hat but she had markings, possibly tattoos, on her lower legs and forearms.
The video quality is poor but it shows that the female was with another person, possible a man, when she walked to the grocery store.