Pendleton woman warns of scam targeting Chime banking app members | Laptop News

PENDLETON, Ind.— Mobile banking apps are become more popular.

They typically offer lower fees than traditional banks, however, they’re becoming a popular target for scammers.

A Pendleton woman contacted WRTV Investigates after she lost $1,340 in a banking app scam.

Jason Strong

Yvonne St. Clair started using the Chime banking app last fall when she started a new job.

Yvonne St. Clair started using the Chime banking app last fall when she started a new job.

“Some people were telling me it’s a really good way to build your credit score,” said St. Clair. “So I went with them even though I have a bank I’ve been with for 11 years.”

The Pendleton woman said she got an alert from Chime that stated she made a $77 purchase on Amazon— a purchase she did not make.

She disputed the charge.

“I didn’t hear anything for a couple days, so I thought I need to call,” said St. Clair.

She did a Google search and found what she thought was Chime’s customer service phone number.

“The guy answered and said ‘thank you for calling Chime,’ and he said someone tried to get $1200 out of my account and let’s track them down,” said St. Clair. “I followed it hook, line and sinker.”

St. Clair said the representative had her download an app that allowed them to remotely access her phone.

The representative also had her transfer money to several different email addresses.

St. Clair realized the scammers had posed as Chime customer service and had taken $1,340 out of her account.
 
“I was just sick,” said St. Clair. “I was angry.”

Kenney, Kara

Mobile banking apps are become more popular.

We did some checking and found scammers are also posing as Chime customer service…

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