DARIEN, Conn. – An 18-year-old Norwalk Community College student fell victim to a check deposit scam and lost $700 in the process, Darien police said Friday.
The male student, who is from Fairfield, reported the larceny on Wednesday, Nov. 29.
The victim told police that while at Norwalk Community College the previous day, he was approached by a male in the lobby area of the college, police said.
The male suspect asked the victim whether he would be willing to allow him to deposit a check in the victim’s bank account in order to withdraw funds to pay off the male’s alleged “financial aid” bill, police said.
The victim agreed and willingly accompanied the male in his vehicle to a TD Bank at 55 Post Road in Darien, police said. A second male drove the vehicle, which was described as a newer white Chevy four-door, police said.
Once inside the bank, the victim used the ATM and entered his PIN, police said. The male subject who originally approached the victim then deposited two checks totaling $1,800 in the victim’s account, then made three separate withdrawals totaling $700 from the victim’s account, police said.
The two suspects then drove the victim back to Norwalk Community College and dropped him off, police said.
But it was determined that the two deposited checks were from a closed account, police said.
The victim told police that he did not believe either of the suspects was a student at NCC.
The first suspect was described as a black male wearing a hooded sweatshirt jeans and a black baseball hat and carrying a backpack. The second suspect, who remained in the vehicle the entire time, was also a black male and wearing similar clothing.
This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Darien Police Department at 203-662-5300.
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