Posted: Sep 11, 2013 4:23 PM by Melissa Anderson - MTN News
Updated: Sep 11, 2013 4:24 PM
HELENA - Helena police are asking for help in finding a two people that they believe are working a credit card scam across Montana.
The scam has also been reported in Bozeman, Missoula, Great Falls, and Billings.
On September 4th, a man and a woman attempted to gain access to cash at three Helena banks: First Interstate, First Community, and Valley Bank.
A woman walked into the banks and told the tellers she was in town on a family emergency and needed a cash advance on a credit card of more than $5,000.
When the card was declined the woman asked to use a phone to call her credit card company.
A man on the either end tried to "force" the bank to make the transaction.
Detective Nathan Casey of the Helena Police Department said, "At this time it appears to be a scam based on the fact that they spoke with what they said was a representative of the credit card company. And the credit card company representative became very angry with the banks when they didn't do it and asked them to force the card for more than what was the limit which was something that they'd never do."
Police say that the woman is in her mid-50's, with dark brown/grayish hair, standing about 5'4", and heavy set, and the man is possibly Hispanic or Native American with short dark hair and a thin goatee.
They are believed to be driving a newer model Cadillac SRX or similar vehicle, white or silver in color.