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Cash Machine Scam

Alert message sent 04/02/2020 17:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Leicestershire Police


Good Evening Members,

This messages to make you aware that we have had a series of distraction thefts at cash machines. The thieves are targeting the elderly whilst they are using the machine, they will approach and one will say something like "DON'T USE THE MACHINE IT WILL TAKE YOUR CARD!" they will then state that they can assist and get the victim to put in their PIN number. Once this is done another person will speak to the victim on the other side to distract them from the machine. Next the thief will press cancel and the card will then be released and the thief will take the card quickly.
They will then tell the victim that the machine has their card so they will then enter the bank by this time the thieves will leave the area and go to withdraw as much cash as possible!

Another Scam is similar where victim is parking their vehicle on a yellow line and the thieves will approach and state that they have got a ticket for parking and that they can cancel this from a cash machine. The victim is then concerned for getting a ticket and they go to the cash machine and the thief will ask them to put their PIN in and then carry out the same distraction as above.

PLEASE BE MINDFUL WHEN USING A CASH MACHINE IF ANYONE APPROACHES YOU DO NOT USE THE MACHINE AND TAKE ANY ASSISTANCE FROM ANYONE!

YOU YOU SEE ANYTHING SUSPICIOUS PLEASE REPORT IT!

Stay Safe!

Regards 

PC Neil Patel 729
Spinney Hill Police Station
East Park Road.
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Neil Patel (Police, Police Officer, NE18 Beat East Leicester)

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