Mysterious Frauds, Part II: $48 Somehow Taken From a Victim’s Credit Card

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Like the Darien woman who told police last week that she didn’t know how someone in Florida could have cashed a check against her bank account, a Darien man, the next day, told police he didn’t know how a $48.18 Grubhub delivery to someone in Westport was made using his credit card. He told police on Wednesday, Oct. 23 (the day after the Darien woman’s report) that he’d never used or registered for Grubhub, a service which delivers food from area restaurants to your door. He only knew about the theft because he’d looked at the charges to his account. The man called Grubhub, who told him the address where the delivery had been made.

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Police: Darien Resident Finds Fraudulent $1,350 Bank Withdrawal, Has No Idea How It Happened

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A Darien woman told police she checked her bank account online found a fraudulent check withdrawal that cost her $1,350, made out to someone she didn’t know and cashed in faraway Destin, Florida. Worse than all of that: She has no idea how it happened: “The complainant had no thoughts as to how her bank account could have been compromised,” the police announcement said. The woman, who lives on a small street off of Camp Avenue, reported the theft on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The police announcement didn’t say if her bank was refunding her the money it let someone else have (or if she was dumping that bank to use another, or what bank she was using).

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Eversource Has These Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Scammers

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The New Year is in full swing and so are scams targeting utility customers across the country and right here in Connecticut. Already this year, customers in many towns around the state have been approached by scammers, either on the phone or at their door. — an announcement from Eversource

To warn customers, Eversource andBetter Business Bureau Serving Connecticut are teaming up to ensure that people know the telltale signs of scams, so they can avoid becoming a victim. “The scammers, often sounding legitimate and quite convincing, threaten to shut off electric service immediately unless instant payment is made,” said Eversource Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Penni Conner. “These scammers can be relentless but they’re only successful if they catch our customers off-guard and scare them into making a payment,” she said.  “We remind customers, if something doesn’t sound right or feel right, trust your gut, and don’t pay.”

With the increase in scams across the country, BBB offers ScamTracker which is a national tracking system that provides up-to-date information on the latest scams.

The tool allows consumers to submit scam reports and see what scams are happening right in their backyard.