The crime is simple: The scammers put stolen or counterfeit checks in bank accounts belonging to other people. They borrow the cardholder’s debit card and PIN number to withdraw money from the account before the bank learns the check was fake. The cardholders are recruited through ads placed on Facebook, YouTube and other social media networks. Sometimes, the schemers even go to college campuses to recruit the account holders in person. Their pitch: Let us put money in your bank, and we’ll give you a cut.
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