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ID Theft Ring Hits Henderson County

By Caitlyn Jones
By cjones@wbbtjv.com

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn.- An outbreak of identity theft reports has residents in Henderson double checking their bank accounts, and investigators with few resources.

Just last week, 12 reports rolled into the Henderson County Sheriff's Department of debit card withdrawals made out of state, all from First Bank customer accounts. The withdrawals range from $2 to nearly $400, most of the victims were hit at least once and of the transactions were from states like Mississippi, Louisiana, and Wisconsin.

First Bank officials advise you to check your account balance often and if you notice a transaction you did not make, contact your bank immediate.

One of the victims is the county sheriff, Brian Duke who said their investigation has not gotten very far.

"We're very limited. There's not very much we can do because the actual offense occurred in Mississippi...so we have to rely on those agencies following up," said Sheriff Duke.

First Bank officials sent 7 Eyewitness News this statement':

"Unfortunately, we have been made aware that a small number of our customers have been apparent victims of fraudulent debit card transactions. We take debit card fraud very seriously at FirstBank. We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the matter. We are processing each report and working with individual customers about refunds to their accounts. Debit card fraud is a growing part of banking, affecting customers and bankers alike. Any customer of any bank who has concerns about the security of their debit or credit cards should contact their bank."