Thief steals $58K life savings from Woodland Hills couple's bank account

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A Woodland Hills couple lost their life savings when someone cashed a $58,000 fraudulent check from their U.S. Bank checking account. (KABC)

A Woodland Hills couple lost their life savings when someone cashed a $58,000 fraudulent check from their U.S. Bank checking account.

When Valeria and George Reu went into the bank to contest the check, tellers also told the couple that someone was trying to transfer $56,000 from a line of credit into that same checking account.

"It cleaned us out. It's our savings. It's what we worked for," Valeria said.

The bank said the person likely needed George's social security number, mother's maiden name and birthdate to do the transfer.

The couple filed a police report, but the person responsible remains at large. The Reus were hoping to retire soon and have been waiting three weeks without any answers on the thief.

The Los Angeles Police Department identity crimes division is investigating, but they could not discuss the ongoing investigation.

A spokesperson for U.S. Bank said the bank takes fraud very seriously and are reaching out to the Reu family.

"How are we ever going to be free again? Somebody out there knows very, very private, personal information about us," Valeria said.

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