$287,000 stolen from Bainbridge man in identity theft case
Nov 14, 2012 (Kitsap Sun - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND -- Nearly $300,000 was drained from the bank account of a Bainbridge Island man last week in an apparent case of identity theft, according to Bainbridge Police.
The 69-year-old man contacted police on Nov. 8 after discovering the theft. He said he noticed his account had been emptied when his bank informed him a check he'd written had failed to clear because of insufficient funds.
Further investigation by the bank revealed the man's entire account balance had been wired to Hong Kong, China, on Nov. 5. The transfer totaled $287,031.
According to the police report, an unknown person used the man's personal information, account numbers and answers to security questions to request the transfer. The man couldn't recall losing any documents containing personal information. He told police he had recently used an unsecured wireless network at a hotel to check his bank account with a laptop.
Police were unable to identify any suspects in the case. The bank would reimburse the man for the lost money once he filed a fraud affidavit, according to the report.
While cases of identity theft are common on Bainbridge, this incident involved more money than most, said Bainbridge Police Cmdr. Sue Shultz.
"It's a significant amount of money," she said. "We usually don't see triple digits in these cases."
Shultz said residents should be careful to use secured networks when accessing bank accounts or entering any personal information online.
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