Friday, 15 December 2017

Shoppers warned to beware of card scam

A WOMAN is urging shoppers to be vigilant after thieves stole her bank card and withdrew £1,000 from her account.

A WOMAN is urging shoppers to be vigilant after thieves stole her bank card and withdrew £1,000 from her account.

Joelle Cowley believes she was targeted while buying groceries at the Tesco supermarket off Reading Road, Henley, on Wednesday last week.

The following day she realised her NatWest debit card was missing from her purse, so she went to her bank in Market Place to report her loss.

A cashier checked her balance for fraudulent activity and this revealed there had been four withdrawals of £250 — two from a cash machine in Uxbridge the previous evening and another two in Watford that morning.

The bank cancelled the card and refunded her money the same day and reported the incident to the police.

Mrs Cowley, 54, of St Mark’s Road, Henley, believes she forgot to remove her card from the reader at the till in Tesco and someone in the queue behind her watched her enter the PIN and then took the card.

She said: “These people seem to know exactly what they’re doing. If you look at the transactions, they don’t waste any time getting as far away as they can before taking as much as they can get away with.

“It’s so easy to get distracted while chatting with the staff and sorting your bags out. I think they know how to take advantage of that and watch their victims closely.

“It’s quite worrying but it could have been a lot worse. I’m grateful that the bank was so helpful. The staff said there had been a spate of these incidents in Henley recently.

“This has made me a lot more careful and I would warn other people to be alert. You need to make sure you’ve taken your card back and covered your PIN when you’re entering it.”

In June 2014, thieves attached a skimming device to the NatWest cash machine in Market Place. Several customers’ cards were cloned and attempts made to withdraw cash from their accounts. The bank then fitted an anti-skimming device.



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