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Police Investigate Attempted 'Cash Advance' Fraud

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LaPorte PD
According to reports taken the last two days from several area banks, La Porte Police say there have been attempts by two women to get cash advances for large sums of money off allegedly stolen or fraudulent credit cards. Police say the subjects enter the bank at different times, but are believed to be working together. In one case, police report one subject told the teller she was from Texas and was here visiting her sister and wanted to purchase a vehicle, while in another instance, one of the women reportedly provided an Illinois ID card and was seen leaving in an older white car with Illinois license plates.
Police issued a release saying: "In the cases, the suspect(s) request a cash advance and inquire on what their limit is. The teller advises them they will need to check with the credit card company. In all cases, the teller was directed to speak to a "bank representative" from a phone number provided by the suspects. This number was later found not to match the one on the back of the card. The tellers become suspicious by the instructions provided by the "bank representative" to increase the credit limits and they discontinue the transaction."
La Porte Police ask anyone who has information regarding this crime, or any other criminal/ suspicious activity, to contact their department at 362-9446, or at www.lpcitypd.com to submit a crime tip. Police say people who report crime tips can remain anonymous.
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