Ross Shoppers Warned About Card Scam
Police are warning shoppers to be on their guard after two reports of women having their cash cards stolen in Morrisons in Station Street, Ross on Wye.
Both victims were in the store and, after paying for their shopping, they headed for the car park. When outside they were approached by a white female with a foreign accent who asked for directions and said she needed to pick her husband up (on one occasion she said Bristol and the next Birmingham).
One incident took place on Wednesday 17 October at lunchtime and the second incident took place on the morning of Thursday 25 October.
Shortly after the women realised their bank cards had gone and large amounts of money had been taken from their bank accounts.
The offender is described as a smartly dressed female with dark hair and dark eyes.
A force spokesperson said: "These offenders seem to prey on middle aged or older women; in these incidents one victim is aged 71 and the other is 66. We believe the pin numbers were obtained by someone watching the shoppers pay for their shopping inside the supermarket.
"We would remind shoppers to keep their pin number secret and be aware of who is watching when you pay for goods. Keep your bank card in a secure place and don't be distracted by anyone who may seem to need your help. Keep an eye on your handbag and lock car doors even when you are inside your vehicle".
The offenders withdrew cash from an ATM before going to Argos (firstly Gloucester and then Hereford branches) to attempt to buy high value items with the stolen cards.
Officers are viewing CCTV in a bid to identify the offenders. Anyone who has information for police about these offences should call 101 and ask for PC Belinda Masters at Ross on Wye.
Issued: Monday 29 October 2012.