BEWARE OF THE CARD CONMEN - POLICE WARNING
November 20, 2002
ASCOT and Bracknell residents are being urged to be on their guard after credit card fraudsters targeted victims in Sunningdale.
In two seperate incidents bank cards were stolen and later used to withdraw cash after the thieves conned the card owners into revealing their personal identification numbers.
In the first incident last month a bank card was stolen from a lady's handbag while she browsed in a shop.
The other theft happened on Tuesday, November 5, when an offender walked into an unlocked flat in the High Street.
In both incidents, the card holder later received a call from someone claiming to be from their bank.
The victims, both women, were also asked to confirm their pin number, which they did according to police.
As a result of the thefts, police have offered tips to the public on helping to avoid card fraud.
PC Malcolm Wills, crime reduction officer for the Thames Forest Police Area, said: "Never leave handbags and wallets unattended.
"Make sure when you are in your house that nobody is able to gain entry other than by ringing your front door bell.
"Never give your pin number details to anyone and do not carry the number around with you.
"If your bank calls and asks for identification from you they will probably ask for a password which you have agreed previously with them."
He added that if someone phones and the person called has any doubts, they should phone their bank to confirm if the caller was genuine.
Anyone with information on the above incidents, or who has been the victim of attempted card fraud, should call the police helpdesk on (01753) 835555.