Police warn shoppers following distraction theft scam

Police VestSurrey Police has warned shoppers to be on their guard after thieves distracted a woman outside a Camberley supermarket and made off with her bank card.

The victim was outside Sainsbury’s in Blackwater Valley Road, Camberley, around 11-30am on Saturday (31 May) when a woman approached her holding a £10 note which she said she had seen fall out of her purse. The victim opened her purse and the woman touched her purse showing her where the money had fallen out. The victim was adamant she had never had a £10 note and the suspect eventually walked away.

When the victim got home, she realised her debit card had been taken from her purse. It later emerged that the card had been used to withdraw £300 from the cash point in the same Sainsbury’s car park where the victim had first been approached by the suspect.

The suspect is described as female, white with tanned skin, in her 30s, 5ft 6 tall, of a slim build, with dark hair. She spoke with a foreign accent, possibly Spanish, and was of a smartly dressed appearance.

Detective Sergeant Carl Emery said: “We do not believe that this was an isolated incident and that other shoppers have almost certainly been targeted in a similar fashion. We would like to warn other shoppers to be on their guard against this scam and to keep their personal belongings safe and secure at all times.

“If you do believe you have been the victim of a similar scam, please contact your bank straightaway to cancel any cards and then report it to police by calling 101.”

If you have any information which could assist police in identifying the suspect, or you believe you have been the victim of a similar scam, please call Surrey Police on 101 quoting crime reference 45140044420 or, if you prefer not to leave your name, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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One Response to Police warn shoppers following distraction theft scam

  1. Liz says:

    This happened to me in London . It was a Romanian women , obviously it’s now spreading to the suburbs.. I did not fall for it at al , but a lot of people will . We all have to be aware

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