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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.

 “Examine an ATM closely to make sure there is nothing stuck in it or in the
card slot. If there is, don’t use it and report it to your bank and the

“When withdrawing cash from an
ATM, don’t let anyone see how much you’ve withdrawn and put it immediately
in a purse or wallet and place securely in your bag or pocket before moving
away from the machine.

“Cancel your card immediately if
you have difficulty getting your card out of the ATM or if it is lost or

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