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CCTV released and warning issued over Aylesbury thefts

Scammers are targeting the elderly

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 4:50pm 17th February 2020. (Updated at 4:22pm 20th February 2020) 3-minute read.

CCTV released and warning issued over Aylesbury thefts

After a series of thefts in Aylesbury Thames Valley police have issued a CCTV image and warning.

The CCTV image shows a man that TVP officers would like to speak to following these thefts.

Between December 30th 2019 and January 11th 2020, three victims in their eighties have had bank cards stolen and then used in Aylesbury.

Its part of a scam that involved an offender approaching the victim as they use a pay machine in the Cambridge Place car park. 

Thames Valley Police say the scam works as follows

  • The victim is told the machine doesn't take cash but the offender can help them use their card to pay for the parking. 
  • The offender then takes their bank card from them and appears to place it in the pay machine, before asking the victim to enter their pin code (and sometimes also their date of birth) into the machine. The offender watches as they do this to obtain their personal details.
  • The offender then takes the bank card, claiming that the machine has retained it.
  • The offender pretends to call the company who owns the pay machine to get help, but instead calls an accomplice who tells the victim over the phone to wait and that someone will be there to help shortly.
  • The offender then leaves and uses the stolen bank card and personal details they obtained to withdraw money from the victim’s bank account.

Three bank cards and over £1500 has been stolen. 

Investigating officer PC Cara Stubbings, based at Aylesbury police station, said:

“I am releasing this images as I believe the man pictured has vital information about these offences.

“If you recognise this man, or if this is you, then please get in touch using our online form or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43200011546. Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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