Woman, 84, is victim of phone bank card scam

November 02 2018

THREE pensioners were conned into giving away their bank cards after scammers pretending to be police officers phoned them up.

One of the victims was an 84-year-old woman from Stapleton, who had cash withdrawn from her account after being taken in by the criminals.

Avon and Somerset police are warning people to be alert to the con and are asking for anyone who recognises CCTV pictures of two suspects, right, to come forward.

The incidents happened between 9pm on September 14 and 1am the following day. In each case, the victim was contacted by a man claiming to be a PC from a Bristol police station. In two cases the man claimed that the victim’s bank account had been compromised and asked them to hand over their bank cards. In the third, he said a recent withdrawal included counterfeit cash, which had to be given up with the bank cards.

A police spokesperson said the victims were all persuaded to leave their cards outside their homes, in envelopes which were collected within about 15 minutes of being left.

The other victims were an 84-year-old man in Clifton and a Keynsham woman, aged 80, who handed over cash and cards.

Sergeant Ashley Jones, of the force’s Senior Citizen Liaison Team, said: “Neither the police nor your bank will ever ask you to disclose your PIN. If you’re a victim of fraud we would ask you to cancel your cards, not to hand them to us. 

“Please don’t discuss your finances with anyone who calls you out of the blue, even if they say they’re a police officer or from your bank. Genuine callers will be happy to make an appointment for you to visit them. If you know someone who may be vulnerable to this type of fraud, I’d urge you to talk to them about it.”

Anyone with information about the scam should call 101 and quote crime reference number 5218 206 928.

Fraud victims can report incidents by calling 0300 123 2050. Information and advice on fraud can be found at www.actionfraud.police.uk