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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/30/2015 

 Sheriff Judd Warns Residents About Debit Card Scam 


Within the last two weeks two Polk County elderly female victims were contacted by phone by an unknown woman who presented herself as a representative for each victims' respective financial institution (Mid-Florida Credit Union and Wells Fargo).

The unknown woman told the victims that a new bank card was being delivered to them and this card had the new chip imbedded for security purposes. The woman requested each victim place their own current debit card under the doormat in front of their homes for pick-up. Each victim completed this request and within days, observed unauthorized charges to their accounts. In at least one case, the pin number was provided over the phone by the victim to the caller.

The attached images were taken from one of the unauthorized transactions and occurred on the same date of the call-October 23rd at the Davenport Mid Florida Credit Union. The man using the ATM may have used the vehicle seen in the back ground of one of the pictures. Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the person in the photograph-he is a person of interest in the investigation.

The public is being asked to be vigilant about this scam. Please DO NOT give any personal information over the phone to anyone you do not know. If anyone believes a banking related phone call is suspicious in any way, hang up and contact your bank directly to verify the information you are being given prior to giving any information about your accounts. Anyone having received contact in this similar fashion in Polk County is asked to contact Detective Loder at 863-292-3300 or call your local law enforcement agency.

Anyone with information concerning the identity of the person pictured (or information about the scam investigation) is urged to contact Detective Loder at 863-292-3300 or 863-298-6200. Tips can be e-mailed to tips@polksheriff.org. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, please call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or log onto www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and leave a tip. ANONYMITY IS GUARANTEED! iPhone and Droid users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime. To install these free apps, please visit www.tipsoft.com.