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Banker Allegedly Pockets Customer Credit Card, Shopping Spree Ensues

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A Texas woman thought it was a little odd when a bank teller put her credit card in his desk drawer, but she continued with her errand.

“I did not think of any suspicion whatsoever because it’s the bank,” the woman told a local TV station. “Your trust is in the bank, your money is in the bank, your identity is in the bank.”

The woman, who was not identified in a local media report, had gone to an IBC Bank branch to get a new credit card, handing over the old one during the process.

Soon after, the credit card company notified the woman of suspicious activity on her card. It seemed the teller had taken her card and used it before passing it to another man, who continued the shopping spree.

Christian De La Pena was the teller who took her card, the woman said, and Brownsville police arrested him and Rocio Dominguez for allegedly charging several purchases to the woman’s account.

At the time of the exchange, the woman said she didn’t hesitate to give De La Pena her card.

“It’s very disappointing when you find out it’s a bank employee you know that was face to face with you,” she said.

The woman has been reimbursed for the charges, KGBT reported.

In a theft situation like this, it’s best to contact your bank immediately, keep records of your statements and conversations with customer service and always monitor your bank accounts. You should also check your credit reports to see if anyone has fraudulently opened a line of credit in your name, and monitor your credit score for unexpected dips, which could indicate fraud.

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