6th Dec, 2016

Pershore pensioner victim of distraction fraud

Joshua Godfrey 18th Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A PERSHORE pensioner has had her bank card stolen by fraudsters during a distraction theft.

The 78-year-old was taking money out of a cash point on Bridge Street at about 1.10pm on Friday (November 13) when she noticed a man standing behind her shoulder.

He told her she had dropped £20 out of her purse and when she looked down she saw a folded note on the floor.

When she struggled to bend down to pick the note up the man bent down and handed her the £20 note, but as she went to get her bank card, receipt and cash the machine did not recognise the pin she had typed in.

Whilst the victim was distracted at the cash point, Police believe a second man swapped her card with another.

Later that day the pair did make a payment with the woman’s bank card but the money was recovered.

The man who distracted the victim is described as white, in his late 40s to early 50s, with dark hair. The second man is described as younger with short dark hair and a dark complexion.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or may have further information should call the police on 101.

Alternatively information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.