Local bankers are getting some training on how to spot fraud and how to make sure you don’t become a victim. The FBI says it’s a big problem in New Mexico and the scammers just keep getting smarter. Just recently, a group was caught trying to launder money through local banks. Independent Community Bankers Association of New Mexico President, Jerry Walker said, “When the bad guys found out that the local FBI office was on to them, they fled and went back to Russia.” Schemes like this are why it’s so important to keep up on the latest trends. Walker said, “We find that Albuquerque and New Mexico is actually a hub for international criminals to try to attack our banks, our financial institutions our businesses.” Mark Medley knows all too well the nightmare of being a victim of fraud and identity theft. Medley said, “The person who stole my identity used it, and was booked into jail, so I became part of his criminal record.” Medley has decided to use what happened to him to help others. “Half of getting your identity cleared up is trying to figure out who to talk to, where to go and how to do it,” Medley said. Rodney Miller with the FBI says education is key, making sure people have the knowledge to protect themselves. Miller said, “Having the most up-to-date security software installed on there computer system, and most importantly know who they are talking to online.” According to the Federal Trade Commission, New Mexico is ranked 7th in the country for identity theft and fraud. Just last year, nearly 2,000 cases were reported.
By: Crystal Kobza, KOB Eyewitness News 4