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Kearney Police investigate credit card hacking
It's not a good feeling looking at your bank account to see someone's hacked in. Well, that's just what many Kearney residents are dealing with.
News 5's Lauren Conley has the details on an organized crime credit card scam.
The Kearney police department has received about 50 reports this week. But there's over 300 victims that they know of so far. It's possible that there are some victims still unaware.
"We were just checking over the statements. We went through and noticed there were some charges out of state, Connecticut and New York," said Erick Verbeck.
Charges he couldn't have made and charges putting a stop to his spending.
"It was a pretty significant amount of money. Yes, we ended up having about $12 left in my bank account," said Verbeck.
Take a walk in downtown Kearney and you'll likely pass a victim of this scam.
"I don't know where it happened from, but it got taken and got spent like $405 in New York," Jordyn Hansen said.
Investigators believe an international organization stole credit and debit card information from at least one local retailer, but exactly which retailer that is remains unknown.
"They took those credit card numbers or debit card numbers and began distributing them nationwide or internationally to be used for fraudulent activity," said Investigator Dan Warrington.
It's an unwanted hassle.
"We had to cancel all the debit cards, the credit cards, couldn't use our account for 48 hours," Verbeck said.
But, more than just a hassle, it's an upsetting experience.
"I called my mom bawling, not gonna lie," said Hansen.
"A little upset, a lot upset actually, and violated," said Verbeck.
Leaving these debit card users to re-think their spending habits.
"Definitely going to be a little carefuller where I use the debit card. You know, we kinda use it to pay everything everywhere," Hansen said.
Investigator Warrington is encouraging people to constantly monitor their bank accounts. If you do notice a fraudulent charge contact your financial institution and file a police report.
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