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Thursday, December 14 News

NCC student loses $700 in financial aid scam

DARIEN — An 18-year-old Norwalk Community College student from Fairfield was scammed out of $700 after being approached by two men at the school claiming to want to help him with financial aid.

On Nov. 28, the student was in the lobby of the college when he was approached by a man with a backpack, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jeans and a black baseball hat. The man asked the student if he could deposit a check in the student’s bank account in order to withdraw funds. The man said he needed the funds to pay off his own “financial aid bill.” The student agreed and went with the man to a newer, white Chevrolet four-door car, driven by a man wearing a similar outfit to the man who first approached the student.

The men drove to the TD Bank on Post Road in Darien. The Fairfield 18-year-old went inside and entered his PIN number. The first suspect deposited two checks worth $1,800 into the student’s account and then made three withdrawals totaling $700 from the student’s account. The student told police the two suspects then dropped him back off at Norwalk Community College.

The student later determined the two checks the suspect deposited into his account were from a closed account. He reported the incident to Darien police on Nov. 29 and told police he does not think either suspect was a student at the college.

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If anyone has any information regarding this incident, call the Darien Police Department at 203-662-5300.

The incident remains under investigation.

ekayata@hearstmediact.com; @erin_kayata

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