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Saturday, March 24 News

$25,000 fraudulently transferred from account

Two fraudulent wire transfers were made in June through email from a New York man's account at Darien-Rowayton Bank totaling nearly $25,000, police said.

The bank reported the fraudulent charges to police June 24.

On June 4, an employee of the Darien branch at 1001 Post Road received an email from the alleged customer, who asked how to make a wire transfer via email, police said. The employee forwarded the request to the branch manager, who started an email exchange with the individual.

On June 9, the alleged customer requested a transfer of $23,855 to a TD Bank account in West Haven, police said. On June 11, the individual asked for $6,000 to be wired to an account with BBCN Bank in New York but was told there were insufficient funds in the account, so the individual opted to transfer $1,000, according to police.

The legitimate holder of the account then arrived at the bank to provide a sworn statement indicating that he did not authorize the transfers, police said. The money could not be recalled but Darien-Rowayton Bank reimbursed the customer the full amount, police said.

The alleged customer did withdraw the money from the TD Bank account, police said.