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Woman makes off with $12,000 in East Boston ATM scam, police say

Wanted for ATM fraud

Beware this smiling woman, BPD says

Boston Police report they are looking for a chatty woman for what turned into an illegal $12,000 withdrawal at a Bank of America ATM in East Boston last month.

Police say the victim was at the ATM at 11 Porter St. around 11:30 a.m. on June 22 when:

The suspect scammed the victim into believing there was an error on the ATM machine after she used it. The suspect stole the victim’s ATM card and withdrew $12,000.

If she looks familiar, contact detectives at 617-343-4234 or the anonymous tip line at 800-494-TIPS or by texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

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Don't most banks impose a daily cash withdrawal limit well below $12k?

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You can set the limit yourself but I don't expect it could be that high.
I guess it can be.

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What Adam omits is that she used ATM card to withdraw from a bank teller.

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You omitted that she was selling plutonium to the Libyans

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I bank at BofA, and I think the max ATM withdrawal is $1,000 per day. I know that anything over $10K must be reported to the IRS.

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Looks like the scam was run at least twice at the same ATM that weekend. And both resulted in large transactions being made through a teller—and/or multiple tellers.

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A week or two ago a guy had the same thing happen to him at the Bank of America ATM at the weird strip mall in East Dedham. The card reader didn't seem to work, a guy appeared out of nowhere to "help" him, then switched the real card with a fake one and proceeded to get money from the victim's account.

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Real Housewives of Maverick Square?

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If people need to approve an ATM transactions in their bank app, it would cut down on many of these scams. The whole idea of a card and a PIN is pretty outdated.

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There has been a movement for "chip and pin" for credit card transactions in the US as it's been popular in Europe, but 2FA would be better because you have to do that extra step to get into the account.

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I know this is hard to believe but some people do not have smartphones with banking apps on them. Some people do not have smartphones at all and have no plans of ever getting one. I work with a guy like that. He refuses to use a smartphone and only knows how to use one because our job requires it. He loves computers though. Go figure...

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I won't do any money stuff on my phone; I do not trust its security. There are folks who go even further. My brother won't set up email on his phone.

.. for everyone or even user friendly.

Part of why I don't have a smartphone is *because* I'm tech savvy, and I understand just what a privacy nightmare a smartphone is.

The card is something you have, the PIN is something you know.

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I read about this: A thief puts something in the card slot that jams the machine. When a victim arrives and tries to use that ATM, the thief helpfully suggests that they can tap their card instead of inserting it (apparently some ATMs accept a tap from a chip-card.) The victim, unused to doing a tap, completes their transaction, thanks the thief, and walks off without logging out of the ATM session (something you don't need to do with an inserted card.) The thief them withdraws as much money as he can from the victims still-active session.

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There was a victim.
Was there a teller as some say?
What happened?

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Don't come here for facts

Refugly, if you don’t come here for facts, what do you come here for?

Refugly! Perfect!

Not to body shame them or anything. ;)

That’s just how I’ve always heard it in my head.