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Electronic Financial Thefts Reported: Two Cases Total $13,000

web posted April 25, 2014

COUNTY Keeping you personal information private is paramount in today's electronic world and uses of "smart phones" and iPhones to do even simple tasks like paying bills, including your phone bill can leave you open to theft. There are untold numbers of people seeking to steal your information and create havoc upon your back account. Two Edgefield County residents found that out the hard way recently when at least $13,000 went missing from their bank accounts.

The most recent report came on Wednesday when a Merriwether man told the Edgefield County Sheriff's Office that he had received text messages on his cell phone informing him that an internet company was debiting money from his account. By the time he realized what was going on, $3,000 had been stolen. Two more attempts were made on Wednesday trying to transfer over $800 each time. Those transfers were blocked.

The man had already contacted his bank about the thefts, an incident report stated. The man was asked to forward the text messages to the deputy so they can be turned over to investigators.

Last week another Merriwether man said he discovered at least $10,000 had been transferred out of his bank account before he could contact his bank. The man provided the deputy with a copy of the transaction summary provided by his bank prior to making the report. According to an incident report, the bank had already refunded about half of the money to the man's account.

Both cases remain under investigation.

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