Austin man claims he was drugged and robbed of thousands of dollars after night downtown

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A Austin, Texas A man claims he was drugged and robbed during a night out on the town, and is now trying to get reimbursed for thousands of dollars that went missing that night, according to reports.

FOX 7 in Austin reported that the man, who only identified himself as Steve, said he was in downtown Austin with a group of friends and had “by no means gotten to the point of blacking out.”

At the end of the night, Steve and his friends were at a cocktail bar on 4th Street called Estelle’s.

He told the station that one of his last memories of the night was FaceTiming his cousin to let him know he was getting in an Uber.

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“Then I woke up the next morning in my bed,” he said.

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After waking up, he discovered that his credit and debit cards were missing, as was his phone.

He reviewed his bank statements and found between 10 and 12 charges at three Walmart stores near Katy, Texas, worth about $10,000.

Steve also said he found a series of $3 charges and a cash back withdrawal of more than $900, along with a $1,000 Zelle payment, a 7-Eleven charge and two ATM withdrawals of $1,000 each.

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Since the discovery, Steve has spoken with the Austin Police Departmentits banks and several others.

“It’s been exhausting,” he said. “I have spent over 100 hours of my personal time trying to find the right entity that is willing to support me.”

The station reported in February 2022 that another man shared the story that he woke up with no memory of what happened the night before on West 6th Street, only to find thousands of dollars missing from his account.

Then, in October 2022, two women were arrested after they allegedly posed as rideshare drivers in February and stole thousands of dollars from victims in downtown Austin.

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In a police report obtained by Fox 7, police said: “A common criminal tactic used in the historic downtown Austin area includes picking up intoxicated customers and posing as their Uber/Lyft drivers. They will then rob the customers or “They will drive them around Austin. with the express intention of obtaining as much money, compensation or items from the client as possible.”

Steve said his bank, Chase, denied his third fraud claim.

In the letter, Chase said it reviewed claims totaling more than $12,000 that were submitted on Aug. 7, adding that the claims were denied because their PIN was used without invalid attempts when the ATM transactions were made or after. when your card was reported lost.

“Furthermore, we were provided with inconsistent information when you reported the activity such as fraud“the letter said. “In addition, your device was used before and during the processing of these transactions.”

Steve said he feels “pretty helpless.”

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“I hope this message reaches the public, at least to let them know that activities like this are happening,” he said. “Anyone is really eligible to be a victim of this crime.”

The station contacted Chase, who echoed what the letter said in terms of Steve’s PIN being used without any invalid intent when the ATM transactions were made.

“Customers can sign up for free account alerts at Chase.com,” the representative said.

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