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Lancaster woman charged with access device fraud in credit card scam

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Linda F. Thum

A 64-year-old Lancaster woman was charged Tuesday and accused of bilking a Bank of America customer out of $30,039 in an elaborate credit card scam.

Linda F. Thum is charged with 5 counts of access device fraud and 4 counts of theft by deception.

The investigation came to light on April 9 when Bank of America contacted New Holland Police after noticing suspicious activity on a customer’s credit card account. According to police reports, Thum’s name was added to the account and she received two unauthorized credit cards.

Authorities said Thum took out four separate cash advances totaling $30,000 at the Bank of America Branch located at 2010 Fruitville Pike and 580 Centerville on Dec. 23 and 30 of 2013.  Thum also used the credit card to make a $39.60 purchase at a Turkey Hill in Manheim Township, police said.

Thum was questioned by police and admitted to being involved in the scam, authorities said.

The investigation revealed that Thum was involved scam in which she would communicate with various individuals online and then send cash that she receives to people through the mail. Thum would then keep some money for herself, police said.

New Holland Police and the United States Postal Service had previously warned Thum to cease in these types of activities.

Thum was arrested Tuesday and released on $50,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 4.


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