On Wednesday, May 1, a 36-year-old woman living on Amsterdam Avenue reported that an unknown perpetrator with an aristocratic-sounding name had opened an online account. He then took $3,700 from her account and transferred it into his new account. The perpetrator had also visited a branch of her bank in Queens and taken $890 from her account. She said she did not know how the perpetrator got her bank information and took out her money. Then on May 7, a 50-year-old man living on West End Avenue reported that he had been informed by his bank (the same as that of the first victim) that an unknown perpetrator (with the same assumed name as in the previous incident) had attempted to open a fraudulent joint account online using the victim’s personal information. The perpetrator had attempted to remove $3,900 from the victim’s existing account, but this time the bank blocked the attempt. The second victim also said that a debit card for which he had not applied had been mailed to his house address bearing the perpetrator’s name.
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