Surrey

Surrey pensioners hit in bank card scam

Pensioners in Surrey have been robbed of thousands of pounds after being targeted in six cases of bank card fraud in a week, police said.

In one case, a 79-year-old man in Fetcham discovered £2,500 had been taken from his bank account after he went into his branch on Friday.

The other incidents took place in Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom.

The victims were conned into handing their cards to fraudsters who called pretending to be bank couriers.

'Worrying scam'

Det Sgt Vicki Morris said the scam started with a phone call in which the caller checks the victim's details, asks for their PIN number, then says they need a new card.

The "courier" then arrives at the door to take the card.

"This is a worrying scam which is clearly being aimed at the most vulnerable members of our community," said Ms Morris.

"If someone turned up at your door and asked you to hand over your bank cards, you would most likely be wary and refuse, but having someone call beforehand to warn you that a 'courier' will be coming can make it seem more legitimate."

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