South State Bank investigating rash of Charleston-area accounts struck with fraudulent activity – South Carolina News

South State Bank investigating rash of Charleston-area accounts struck with fraudulent activity –  South Carolina News

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A slew of bank accounts in the Charleston area have reportedly been hit with fraudulent activity, according to an incident report filed with the Charleston Police Department earlier this week.

On Monday morning, Charleston police responded to South State Bank’s Magwood Drive location. Once on scene, the officer was informed that employees had been notified that South State Bank had 170 accounts with fraudulent activity being reported in the metro-Charleston area. According to an incident report, the bank manager stated that “Based on her experience, she judged that the activity was a result of some type of skimmer device at an unknown location.”

The officer was also informed that the bank would conduct its own investigation regarding the compromised accounts to analyze all the available information and attempt to track the fraudulent activity to a specific source.

Reached for comment on the ongoing investigation, a spokesperson for South State Bank issued this statement:

“Earlier this week, we identified fraudulent account activity that we believe to be associated with skimming devices installed on four of our South State Bank ATMs in the Charleston area. We have inspected these ATMs and confirmed that the skimming devices are no longer present. Early indications are that the skimmers may have been on the ATMs for 24-48 hours…

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