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Fake fraud investigator sends one text message and is able to steal $20,000 from victim, authorities say

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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SOMEONE IN CUMBERLAND COUNTY. SHIPPENSBURG POLICE SAY A PERSON GOT AN EMAIL FROM WHAT THEY THOUGHT WAS A KNOWN, LEGITIMATE SENDER ABOUT A JOB OPENING. THE VICTIM RESPONDED AND WAS SENT A CHECK TO DEPOSIT INTO THEIR BANK ACCOUNT. THE VICTIM WAS THEN TOLD TO BUY GIFT CARDS AND SEND PHOTOS OF THE CARD’S NUMBERS ON THE BACK. THEN THE VICTIM LOST $995. FOLKS, THIS HAS ALL THE HALLMARKS OF A JOB SCAM. ANY KIND OF REQUEST FOR THE APPLICANT TO SEND MONEY, HANDLE A CHECK, OR PROVIDE CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. ALL WARNING SIGNS OF A SCAM. WE’VE ALSO HEARD OF THIS WHEN YOU APPLY FOR A JOB, AND THEN YOU GET SENT A CHECK TO BUY OFFICE SUPPLIES, YOU CASH IT, BUT THE CHECK FROM THE SCAMMER WILL BOUNCE AND YOU LOSE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS MORE THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN THESE KIND OF SCAMS IS THE JOB POSTED ON THE COMPANY’S WEBSITE. IF NOT AT SIGN OF A SCAM. ALSO, BE SKEPTICAL OF INTERVIEWS IF THEY’RE CONDUCTED BY TEXT MESSAGE, EMAILS OR AN APP. THIS CASE IN SHIPPENSBURG SAYS THIS IS HAPPENING IN THE SUSQUEHANNA VALLEY. SO PAST THIS INFORMATION ALONG TO ANYONE YOU KNOW, LOOKING FOR A JOB OR SOON TO BE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE OR COLLEGE GRADUATE HITTING THE JOB MARKET. I’

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Fake fraud investigator sends one text message and is able to steal $20,000 from victim, authorities say

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Updated: 3:51 PM PDT May 15, 2024

A man is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a victim after pretending to be a fraud investigator with Wells Fargo Bank, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. Related video above: Person loses hundreds of dollars to job scam. Here’s what to watch out forIn December 2023, authorities said a victim received a notification through text message requesting to confirm whether a charge on their debit card was legitimate. After replying “no,” the victim was told they would be contacted by a fraud investigator to follow up, investigators said. They said a suspect, later identified as 44-year-old Logan Edward Shanahan of Tucker, Georgia, called the victim and obtained their banking information during their conversation.Investigators said Shanahan added the victim’s debit card information to his cell phone and went to multiple Wells Fargo branches, where he obtained cashier’s checks totaling more than $20,000.Investigators obtained 13 felony warrants on him for identity theft, financial card theft, forgery, financial card fraud, and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was arrested on Friday by officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia, where he was taken into custody. Plans are being made to extradite him back to North Carolina to face the charges.

A man is accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a victim after pretending to be a fraud investigator with Wells Fargo Bank, according to the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina.

Related video above: Person loses hundreds of dollars to job scam. Here’s what to watch out for

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In December 2023, authorities said a victim received a notification through text message requesting to confirm whether a charge on their debit card was legitimate.

After replying “no,” the victim was told they would be contacted by a fraud investigator to follow up, investigators said.

They said a suspect, later identified as 44-year-old Logan Edward Shanahan of Tucker, Georgia, called the victim and obtained their banking information during their conversation.

Investigators said Shanahan added the victim’s debit card information to his cell phone and went to multiple Wells Fargo branches, where he obtained cashier’s checks totaling more than $20,000.

Investigators obtained 13 felony warrants on him for identity theft, financial card theft, forgery, financial card fraud, and obtaining property by false pretenses.

He was arrested on Friday by officers with the Gwinnett County Police Department in Georgia, where he was taken into custody.

Plans are being made to extradite him back to North Carolina to face the charges.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.

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