YONKERS – The Yonkers Police has become aware of a scam involving a Chase Bank promotion: Chase Bank advertises money awards for opening new checking and or savings account.
The scam involves a suspect, apparently dressed in unauthorized Chase Bank employee apparel, approaching susceptible victims outside a Chase Bank and pushing the promotion; the suspect will ask for the victim’s debit card and PIN in order to “open” the new account(s) with a promise of receiving the award money but instead leaves the area with the victim’s card and information – the suspect never enters the bank and instead defrauds the victim and empties their bank accounts, said police.
There have been several such reported incidents involving the Chase Bank at 47 South Broadway, with the suspect interactions taking place down the block near the intersection of South Broadway and Prospect Street, according to police.
This scam may apply to other banks or institutions and similar promotions.
Residents are advised and reminded to NEVER give your bank cards, PIN numbers, and or personal information to ANYONE unless you are engaged in a willing transaction in an established place of business or with a trusted company or agent.
Please verify the employee’s identification before transacting with anyone on a public street / sidewalk, or even better enter the bank or business and speak with an employee behind the counter.
Scammers are constantly coming up with new methods to defraud victims – before handing over your money / personal information, VERIFY the identity of the person you are dealing with.
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