How thieves took $5,620 from my bank account with old-fashioned check washing

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Jordan Critchlow,” the Feds are looking for you. And for you, “Karen Woodson.” Are those even your names? They’re what you called yourselves when you fooled my bank and grabbed my money — $5,620. Fraud scholars tell me the dark art used against me is called “check washing,” the latest old-school crime to make an unexpected resurgence, like carjacking or in-person identity theft, at least partly because of modern, digital anti-fraud technology. It took a month to get that cash back from our duped bank, WSFS. It would have been a tough month if, like so many Americans, we were living paycheck t…

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