Patience is a Virtue … and a Way to Prevent ID TheftApril 18th, 2007 by josh farley
If she could, a 19-year-old South Kitsap woman would likely tell you not to worry about those pesky people pushing you to hurry up when you’re getting money out of an ATM.
According to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reports, this particular 19-year-old was getting money out of a machine at the Kitsap Mall on April 11.
She noticed man “who seemed irritated over how long she was taking, and she attempted to move on as quickly as possible,” police reports said.
When she left, she grabbed her newly-dispensed cash and the receipt — but apparently, her account hadn’t closed when she walked away.
Two days later, she’d found that her card had been overdrawn, and only three minutes after she’d gotten money at the mall, $120 was taken out.
She told deputies that perhaps she wasn’t completely signed off when the ATM screen asked, “Did you want another transaction?”
She had to cancel the card, and Kitsap Mall security is checking its videos to see if a suspect — likely the man who “rushed” her along — can be found.
In the meantime, we can all learn a good lesson from this: make sure your account is closed out when you get cash at the ATM.
For more on identity theft check out the Washington Attorney General’s web site.