$1.4m stolen from woman’s bank ac­count

The Star (Jamaica) - - FRONT PAGE - AN­DRÉ WIL­LIAMS STAR Writer

Af­ter wait­ing for more than seven months, a woman, whose bank ac­count was wiped of more $1.4 mil­lion, is now ap­peal­ing to her fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tion to give her back the money.

Ta­mar Fray vis­ited the Man­dev­ille branch of one of the coun­try’s fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions on April 22 to make a with­drawal, and that was when she found out that funds were miss­ing from her ac­count.

“I went to the bank to do a with­drawal be­cause the [amount of] money I wanted, I could not use the card,” Fray told THE WEEK­END STAR.

It was then that she dis­cov­ered that her ac­count was com­pro­mised. Ac­cord­ing to Fray, she im­me­di­ately re­ported the mat­ter to the bank and the Man­dev­ille po­lice.

It’s now Oc­to­ber and Fray be­lieves she i s get­ting t he runaround from those en­trusted to safe­guard her money.

“The money was taken from the ATM. The bank showed me footage of peo­ple us­ing my card and all the places where it was used,” Fray said.

When asked if her card has ever left her pos­ses­sion, she said, “My ATM card is al­ways with me.”

Ef­forts by our news team to speak with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the bank proved fu­tile.

When our news team con­tacted the Man­dev­ille po­lice, the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer con­firmed that an of­fi­cial re­port was made and in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

Lo­cal banks have said that skim­ming of both debit and credit cards is on the rise as in­for­ma­tion stored on the mag­netic tape at the back of cards is lifted us­ing an elec­tronic de­vice known as a skim­mer. Once col­lected, the in­for­ma­tion is of­ten used to clone cards, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to with­draw money from ac­counts, or make pur­chases.

RI­CARDO MAKYN

This woman wants the State to take her two teenaged chil­dren as she can no longer af­ford to take care of them.

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