Ca: Dozens bilked of thousands in debit card scam

Joe Belanger reports:

Dozens of Stratford residents were bilked of thousands of dollars from their bank accounts last weekend in a debit card scam, police say.

How the culprits were able to withdraw the money is still being investigated, said Stratford police Insp. Sam Theocharis.

It’s not known how many bank accounts were hit and police are asking the public to check their accounts for any suspicious activity.

“It’s still too early to tell,” Theocharis said. “Numerous banking institutions were victimized and we had another half-dozen victims contact us this morning.”

By mid-afternoon yesterday, police had received 36 complaints with the amounts ranging from $200 to a reported $2,000 taken from accounts. In some instances, the culprits tried, but failed to withdraw money.

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Update 1: Within minutes, London Free Press published another story updating the number of victims to 50.

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