Fraud reported

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Numerous reports of credit, debit card fraud; police advise checking accounts

BROOKINGS – Brookings police have received numerous reports of unauthorized activity on credit and debit card accounts and are looking for an individual they believe is involved in the alleged fraud, Assistant Chief Derrick Powers said.

The Brookings Police posted photos of the man on its Facebook page. They said he had a tattoo on the left side of his neck and on top of his left wrist. He was last seen driving a red Jeep Grand Cherokee with no front license plate.

“Right now, we’re still trying to locate that individual,” Powers said.

The BPD is advising all local financial institution customers and ATM users to check their own accounts and contact the authorities about any activity they didn’t make.

“We became aware of the activity on (June) 3 and received several reports (Tuesday). All in total, we’ve received reports from 13 local individuals,” Powers said.

“It was reported that unauthorized debits were made from their accounts, ranging from a couple hundred dollars up to several hundred dollars,” he said.

“This activity occurred over the last few days, just in the local area,” Powers said.

“We’re still trying to determine how the information was obtained. It could be a number of different ways,” he added.

“We have put it out just so people could be aware and check their own accounts to make sure, which people should be doing regularly anyways, just to make sure that there’s no unauthorized charges,” Powers said.

The Brookings Police continues to investigate.

If anyone has information about this case, contact the Brookings Police at 605-692-2113, contact Crimestoppers anonymously by visiting www.brookingsareacrimestoppers.comor call 605-692-STOP (7867).

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