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I-Team Exclusive: Investigation Underway Into Widespread Credit & Debit Card Fraud

At least 30 people have come forward saying they were the victims of credit and or debit card fraud. The thefts took place in Southern Luzerne County and Northern Schuylkill Counties.
A widespread identity theft investigation is unfolding in Southern Luzerne County and Northern Schuylkill Counties--- At least 30 people have contacted State and local police departments reporting credit and debit card thefts-  Heidi who lives in Freeland told the I-Team, "I saw three purchases made in Baltimore Maryland charged to my bank debit card--I was not in Baltimore so I called the bank and I was told I was like the 40th person who called to report thefts like mine--"  State Police Corporal Ryan Stefanick is heading up the investigation and said, "We think that this is a network intrusion that somehow personal information is being sent to an off-site location---" Stefanick added, "In most cases financial institutions are contacting customers when they see purchases that are unusual or out of state--" State Police are working with the United States Secret Service which investigates thefts involving financial institutions- State Police from other east coast states including New York and Georgia are working with Pennsyvlania Troopers on this case--- Corporal Stefanick added, "This may also be part of an international operation--we are checking it out--  Stefanick urged victims to come forward-- Eyewitness News reached out to several banks in the Hazleton area that were mentioned by victims--Bank officials who returned our e-mails or phone calls say they are aware of the thefts but would not comment on the investigation-They did urge their customers to contact them immediately if they have any problems with their accounts---
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