Randolph County veteran fighting to get money back after debit account hacked

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RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. -- John Ammons is fighting to get back nearly $1,000 stolen from his Social Security debit account.

"I been robbed basically that's what it was,” Ammons said.

The 69-year-old lives on a fixed income and depends on the monthly payment.

"Now, I have to take it out of my savings to get groceries until we get it straightened out," he said.

His granddaughter April Hernandez manages the account and uses it to buy groceries for her grandparents.

"I cook and prepare and go and buy their meals for them," Hernandez said.

On Monday, just days after Ammons got his July payment, Hernandez noticed about $980 was missing.

"The balance was $89," she said.

When they called the bank, they found out nearly a dozen unauthorized purchases had been made overseas.

"If anybody steals any money from anybody, it's dishonorable," Ammons said.

Ammons says the money stolen included both his Social Security check and money from Veterans Affairs.

Ammons is a Vietnam veteran.

"I've earned my retirement," he said.

Captain Derrick Hill with Randolph County Sheriff's Office says he sees fraud cases daily.

"It's an everyday occurrence whether it be with a debit card or a checking account or some type of online banking," Hill said.

Hill says anyone who's been a victim of fraud should contact police and their bank right away.

Something Ammons has already done and until the situation is resolved, he says he plans on using his savings to get by.

Investigators say it could take up to 90 days for Ammons' claim to be finished and for him to possibly get his money back.

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