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SCAMS - WARNINGS
Originating from Neighbourhood Watch Communities in the Stafford District
These days there are many scams circulating, with more raising their ugly heads each day. The best way to combat these is to be pre-warned of their existence and, it is with this in mind, that members of the Neighbourhood Watch Communities in the Stafford District have suggested publication on Hints and Things.
Protect Your PIN numbers
Police are urging people using credit and debit cards to take precautions when using their pin numbers.
The warning follows an incident at midday on Sunday 27 June at the Tesco store in Heath Hayes, Cannock.
A woman returned to her car after shopping in the store and put her bag on the passenger seat of her car. She was then approached by a man who placed a map on the bonnet of another car and asked for help with directions. It is believed a second offender then stole the woman's debit card.
Fraud investigator at Chase divisional crime bureau said: "Unfortunately this type of crime, where offenders look over the shoulder of people using their credit or debit cards to see their pin number and then one person distracts a victim while the other steals the cards, is quite widespread nationally.
"We would urge everyone using credit or debit cards in any situation - whether at an ATM, in a store, restaurant or pub, to take precautions when using their cards, ensuring that no one sees you tapping in your pin number.
"Make sure no one is looking over your shoulder and use your free hand to cover over the hand you use to enter your pin.
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