From the mailbag

This from the email bag:

I am a resident of Monrovia, and I have been hearing alot about ATM scams going on in my city. My mother in law was hit for $600 dollars just before the 4th of July weekend, and so was her co-worker here in Monrovia. Just today I found out that another person was hit that lives on Madison. The police told my Mother in law, that they were looking into Pavillions in Monrovia for possible leads, being that most of them had used their PIN to make purchases there. …

We are really concerned that there is a ring of Scammers out here. We are afraid of using our cards at all. If you know anything, can you please help us out, so that we know where to stay out of. I would like my name to be anonymous in case you decide to post anything on it. I just thought that if you knew something, it would be of great help to my community to be informed. Thank you for your time.

Any thoughts?

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  • Robert C. J. Parry

    Good thing Dick Singer has been using Monrovia’s PIO resources to inform the public about this! It’s only two weeks old!

  • http://arcadiapoa.blogspot.com/ APOA Voice

    Sounds like a possible version of “skimming” if it involves multiple victims from one source like the market. Not uncommon…many foks have been victims at gas stations, restaurants and other places you take for granted…

  • krista barrett

    I am a Duarte resident. I was scammed for $300 this week. I think it may have happened either at the Chevron gas station at San Bernardino Rd and Irwindale, or else the 76 station at Lower Azusa and Peck Rd. They did not have my PIN number or my card. They used my card number four times at gas stations in Inglewood and Burbank for $75 each time. Who can we notify about this (beside the bank)?

  • krista barrett

    I am a Duarte resident. I was scammed for $300 this week. I think it may have happened either at the Chevron gas station at San Bernardino Rd and Irwindale, or else the 76 station at Lower Azusa and Peck Rd. They did not have my PIN number or my card. They used my card number four times at gas stations in Inglewood and Burbank for $75 each time. Who can we notify about this (beside the bank)?

  • http://arcadiapoa.blogspot.com/ APOA Voice

    The bank is the first place to start by canceling the card, obtaining a replacement and starting the reimbursement process. If it is small dollar losses, they probably won’t require a police report. If they do, visit your local PD or LASD station and file the report. If it is possible, go to the station that handles the area of occurrence. If you don’t know exactly where the info was taken etc, your local station should take the report and forward it to the appropriate agency. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon today…here is a link to some information and tips that we ran on our blog, http://arcadiapoa.blogspot.com/2008/07/tuesday-tip-skimming-and-atm-fraud.html

  • RD

    I just found out that someone used a copy debit card and took $500 from my account. I live in Las Vegas and I believe my card was skimmed either in Victorville CA or Las Vegas, NV.
    I reported it to my bank and now have to wait until I can get refunded the money. I also have to wait for a new card in the mail so I have no debit card until then.
    I hope they catch whomever is doing this.
    I want to find out if they can get the photos from the ATM machine and maybe a licence plate number of a car. It was used at an ATM in Monrovia, CA and the people at my bank feel that a fake card was made with a different PIN number.