Bank card thefts scam elderly victims out of hundreds of pounds

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Humberside Police have released CCTV images of two men they wish to speak to in connection with a card scam than saw two elderly women lose hundreds of pounds.

Detectives believe a national card scam could have hit Beverley and Willerby in East Yorkshire after the two incidents.

The first saw a 76-year-old woman approached by a man in Morrisons Supermarket car park in Beverley on August 20.

He placed a large map over her trolley, where her handbag was placed, and asked for directions. A second man approached her from behind with a further map, causing the woman to turn her back on the trolley. It is at this point it is believed the first man reached into her bag and retrieved her credit card.

The card was used, using the PIN for various transactions, amounting over £1,000.

Police believe the PIN number was obtained by one of the suspects by shadowing the victim at the checkout, within the supermarket.

The second incident took place on September 26 at the Waitrose carpark in Willerby.

A 74-year-old woman was transferring her shopping from her trolley into the boot of her car when a man with a foreign accent approached her and asked for direction to the hospital. Whilst the woman was distracted talking to the man, a second man approached the boot of the victims car and removed her bank card from her purse, within her handbag.

The bank card was used at a nearby cash machine for £300, used several times to purchase items in Hull City Centre and also used to transfer money between accounts.

Again, police believe the PIN number for the bank card was obtained by a person next to her in the queue waiting to pay for items within the Waitrose supermarket.

It is believed there have been at least a further 14 offences with a very similar modus operandi across the country stretching from Scotland, Dyfed-Powys and Northumbria Police force areas.

Humberside Police would like anyone who recognises the men or have any further information in relation to the thefts, to contact 101, quoting crime reference number CM/2140597/2015.