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Rockingham Police warn of bank card fraud

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ROCKINGHAM— Police are warning residents of an apparent bank card scam.


The Rockingham Police Department on Wednesday posted to its Facebook page that officers have “received reports of victims receiving Chase Bank debit cards in the mail, only to find out that someone has used the victims’ information to open the account.”

The Hamlet Police Department has had three similar complaints within the past week, according to Capt. Randy Dover.

Investigators urge victims to report incidents to law enforcement and contact credit reporting agencies to request a credit freeze or hold, based on the situation. Police also ask residents to check their mail “carefully” and monitor their credit scores monthly.

According to the N.C. Attorney General’s Office, the state ranks 18th in identity theft.

The 2019 Data Breach Report found that 1.08 million North Carolinians were affected by data breaches that year, which was a 45% decrease from the previous year.

However, the 1,210 data breaches reported to the A.G.’s office that year was the highest ever. Around 75% of those breaches were due to hacking of phishing scams.

The A.G.’s office offers tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of identity theft including protecting your mail, passwords and computer transactions. For a full list visit: https://ncdoj.gov/protecting-consumers/protecting-your-identity/protect-yourself-from-id-theft/