LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- Money is at the heart of this scheme involving a bank employee turned bad.
"She had access to customers' personal information. She would identify the folks who had larger account balances -- above $80,000 -- and sell them," said U.S. Postal Inspector Dave Anderchak.
She would sell their account information to the suspect who then called the bank and changed the account address to an abandoned home.
"He would then obtain the check and debit cards and cash check at area retailers for merchandise," Anderchak said.
Postal inspectors started staking out the abandoned homes to see who was picking up the mail.
"We caught up with the suspect via surveillance tapes,” Anderchak said.
The 15 victims lost more than $120,000.
"In a case like this with a dishonest employee, we are all vulnerable,” Anderchak said. “But you can prevent this by checking your bank statement and balance."
Postal inspectors emphasize how important it is to check your bank statements regularly, and if you see any issues, to call them immediately.