Bank Card Scam Targets Palm Beach County Seniors: What You Need To Know

A warning for seniors about a bank scam that has so far targeted at least four people and Boynton Beach Police fear there are others who have not yet reported it.  

At least three of the victims live in the Hunters Run community.  In all of the cases, a woman called the victim claiming to be from their bank and telling them that their credit and debit cards had been compromised.  In two cases, someone showed up at the victims' doors claiming to be with the bank and picked up the cards, claiming they'll come back with new ones.  

An 88-year old man had $18,000 stolen in the scam, while a 75-year old woman lost $4,000.  A third victim gave the caller his debit card numbers over the phone, then checked with the bank and found out there were no fraudulent charges.  The bank cancelled his cards and issued new ones.  A fourth incident had resulted in the would-be victim hanging up and contacting her bank to find out the scammers were targeting her.  

Police hope this information will be shared with seniors and advise against providing any bank information to someone who calls.  They say you should hang up and call your bank directly.  

Officers also point out that no bank will send an employee to your home to collect a credit or debit card. 

Police want to hear about any suspicious activity.  Call Boynton Beach Police at 561-732-8116.

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