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‘Bank jackings’ in Chicago see robbers
drain victims’ accounts with their phone apps

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Posted By: Imright, 12/9/2023 9:36:44 PM

You know about carjackings. Now, you also need to be wary of “bank jackings.” Millions of Americans whip out their phones to pay for everything from dinners to vacation rentals using banking apps like Zelle, Venmo and Cash App. But that convenience is fueling a new kind of robbery. In Chicago and other cities, gunmen have been forcing people to unlock their phones with their pass codes or technology that recognizes thumbprints and faces, according to police.Once in, the robbers drain victims’ bank accounts. The payoff is often $1,000 or more — a lot more than criminals typically score by just stealing a wallet.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: singermom9 12/9/2023 9:58:17 PM (No. 1614014)
NO SYMPATHY. You voted for this.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Omen55 12/9/2023 10:02:31 PM (No. 1614016)
I never did this so I feel so 20th Century!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: msjena 12/9/2023 10:02:49 PM (No. 1614017)
Not everyone in Chicago voted for the current mayor. He won by a small margin. And no one voted to have their bank accounts drained.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Amanoftwistsandturns 12/9/2023 10:16:59 PM (No. 1614024)
I found out years ago on EBay that these money services are criminals best friends. These payment services will not cover your losses. Heck you will be lucky if they even respond to your complaint. And of course they have spread money all over Capitol Hill do don’t expect any relief there and Biden is owned by the credit card industry so he as usual is on the side of the criminals.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Amanoftwistsandturns 12/9/2023 10:18:25 PM (No. 1614025)
Trust me it isn’t just Chicago. It happens everywhere and of democrats are usually the robbers.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: snakeoil 12/9/2023 11:42:40 PM (No. 1614052)
Do lots of online shopping. Often have credit cards compromised and have to get new cards. Just a word of warning. If you get an offer of something free and all you have to pay is S&H with your credit card. Forget it.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 12/10/2023 12:40:43 AM (No. 1614073)
Ask me again why I don’t use those pay apps...
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Timber Queen 12/10/2023 2:31:31 AM (No. 1614101)
Ask me why I don't have a "smart" phone? I just have a flip that I only use to call TK to tell him I'm on the way home.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Trigger2 12/10/2023 3:14:14 AM (No. 1614118)
This is the latest scam perpetuated on the public thanks to idiot demonrats.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: mifla 12/10/2023 4:44:24 AM (No. 1614144)
I pay my bills with checks in the mail even though postal employees have been caught stealing checks, because I have been hit with identify theft multiple times (a bank employee sold my personal information to a hacker). If you can access your money on the internet, so can the hackers.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: JHHolliday 12/10/2023 10:03:10 AM (No. 1614316)
I don’t have any bank info on my phone. I do my banking online through my home laptop. I also check my credit card charges at least once a day. I refuse to use PayPAL or anything similar. The less places that have your financial information the better.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: padiva 12/10/2023 10:21:43 AM (No. 1614344)
I do banking from home on my hard-wired laptop. I have one credit card that is used for internet purchases and easy to cancel.
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