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Cloned Cards Leave Earthquake Victims Without Government-Promised Cash

Mexico News Daily
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November 11, 2017

Card-holders line up outside a Juchitán bank (MND)

Download Mexico Earthquake Humanitarian Situation Report No. 8 - 10 November 2017 (PDF)

After waiting for two months to receive government financial aid to start rebuilding their homes, some earthquake victims in Oaxaca got an unpleasant surprise this week when they found their stored-value bank cards were devoid of funds.

It appears their cards had been cloned and the money withdrawn.

The federal savings bank, Bansefi, explained it had detected 60 cases in which cards issued by the Natural Disaster Fund (Fonden) had been cloned and cleared of their funds.

The total value of the alleged theft exceeds one million pesos (US $52,000), Bansefi said, adding that the operations had occurred outside the areas affected by the September 7 earthquake, including Mexico City, Jalisco, Veracruz and Quintana Roo.

... In a prepared statement, government authorities announced that Bansefi was dealing with problems on a case by case basis and would reimburse funds if it was determined that a card had been cloned.

In the aftermath of September’s two devastating earthquakes, the federal government announced that 120,000 pesos would be made available to people whose homes had sustained total damage in either of the two disasters.

Read the rest at Mexico News Daily

Related: Photos Showing Devastation of Quake on People's Lives and Home (Independent)

Related: Reconstruction Following Earthquake Will Cost $2.5bn: Pena Nieto (MENAFN)

Related: Mexico Earthquake Humanitarian Situation Report No. 8 - 10 November 2017 (UN Children's Fund)

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