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Police warning over bank card scam
3:03pm Monday 25th February 2013 in News
Fraudsters used a bank card scam to steal money from a 90-year-old woman.
Police in East Sussex are warning others to be aware after the visually impaired pensioner from Bexhill fell victim to the thieves.
They made a phone call to the woman, using her name, and asked her if her new bank card had arrived.
When she replied that it had not, the fraudster told her he would arrange for one to be delivered.
Shortly afterwards a man turned up at her door with a new card, telling her he needed her old card and her PIN number too so he could deactivate it.
But the new card that was handed to the unsuspecting victim was just a top up bank card with no money on it.
Detective Sergeant Tony Webb from East Sussex CID said: "Please do not ever reveal your PIN number to anyone who asks you for it. Banks do not operate in this way when sending out new cards to customers.
"If you have an elderly family member or elderly neighbours please make sure they are aware of this recent fraudulent tactic concerning bank cards.”
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