An 83-year-old Hampshire man was tricked out of thousands of pounds in a bank card scam

Elderly man tricked out of thousands of pounds in a bank cards scam

Elderly man tricked out of thousands of pounds in a bank cards scam

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

AN elderly man has been tricked out of thousands of pounds after being targeted by a scam.

The 83-year-old, from Lee-on-the-Solent, was persuaded to hand over bank cards in what police described as a “despicable crime”.

He was called by a man who said he was from the Southampton Police Fraud Department, which does not exist.

This man told the victim that there appeared to be a problem with bank accounts and that he would be sending a courier to the address to collect all of his bank cards relating to the accounts, along with any associated PINs.

Later that day, last Saturday, at around 3pm, a man attended the address of the victim in Avon Close and collected the cards which had been placed in an envelope by the victim.

The victim then became suspicious and intended calling his banks, however before he could do so, he had a further telephone call from another man claiming to be from Natwest Bank.

This man advised the victim that they had received the cards and would return them the next day, putting the victim at ease.

But four withdrawals were then made from cash machines totalling £1,050 and seven credit card transactions were made totalling £1,642.84.

Detective Constable Christopher Davies said: “I am appealing for members of the community to spread the word about this sort of scam, especially to any elderly or vulnerable family members, friends or neighbours.

“If anyone believes they may have fallen victim to this sort of crime and have not yet reported it to the police, I would urge them to get in touch with us straight away.”

Anyone with any information can call DC Davies at Fareham police station on 101 or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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2:52pm Tue 2 Sep 14

rudolph_hucker says...

When'll they learn, eh?
When'll they learn, eh? rudolph_hucker
  • Score: -12

3:03pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

rudolph_hucker wrote:
When'll they learn, eh?
And you'd still say that if it was your 83 year old dad?
[quote][p][bold]rudolph_hucker[/bold] wrote: When'll they learn, eh?[/p][/quote]And you'd still say that if it was your 83 year old dad? Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 18

7:08pm Tue 2 Sep 14

lastminmoran says...

PHONE COMPANYS should be held responsible, incoming calls from friends and family only!!!!you can phone out but at 83 who else do you want to hear from!!!!!disgusting sell outs gave all our info away!!!!WHO IS ON OUR SIDE? AS FOR THE BANKS!!!!! SHOULD ONLY DO ANY TRANSACTION WITH 1 SIGNED FAMILY MEMBER OR THE PERSON CONCERNED AND WITH THE MANAGER, FACE TO FACE ONLY...ANYBODY ELSE INVOLVES THE POLICE.....PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY BY ANY MEANS! THEN YOU WILL GET CONFIDENCE BACK FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC. I TRUST NOBODY!
PHONE COMPANYS should be held responsible, incoming calls from friends and family only!!!!you can phone out but at 83 who else do you want to hear from!!!!!disgusting sell outs gave all our info away!!!!WHO IS ON OUR SIDE? AS FOR THE BANKS!!!!! SHOULD ONLY DO ANY TRANSACTION WITH 1 SIGNED FAMILY MEMBER OR THE PERSON CONCERNED AND WITH THE MANAGER, FACE TO FACE ONLY...ANYBODY ELSE INVOLVES THE POLICE.....PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY BY ANY MEANS! THEN YOU WILL GET CONFIDENCE BACK FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC. I TRUST NOBODY! lastminmoran
  • Score: -1

7:33pm Tue 2 Sep 14

andysaints007 says...

lastminmoran wrote:
PHONE COMPANYS should be held responsible, incoming calls from friends and family only!!!!you can phone out but at 83 who else do you want to hear from!!!!!disgusting sell outs gave all our info away!!!!WHO IS ON OUR SIDE? AS FOR THE BANKS!!!!! SHOULD ONLY DO ANY TRANSACTION WITH 1 SIGNED FAMILY MEMBER OR THE PERSON CONCERNED AND WITH THE MANAGER, FACE TO FACE ONLY...ANYBODY ELSE INVOLVES THE POLICE.....PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY BY ANY MEANS! THEN YOU WILL GET CONFIDENCE BACK FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC. I TRUST NOBODY!
My god - what a pr*ck you really are! If that happened then you would be on here ranting about a nanny state and big brother - numpty
[quote][p][bold]lastminmoran[/bold] wrote: PHONE COMPANYS should be held responsible, incoming calls from friends and family only!!!!you can phone out but at 83 who else do you want to hear from!!!!!disgusting sell outs gave all our info away!!!!WHO IS ON OUR SIDE? AS FOR THE BANKS!!!!! SHOULD ONLY DO ANY TRANSACTION WITH 1 SIGNED FAMILY MEMBER OR THE PERSON CONCERNED AND WITH THE MANAGER, FACE TO FACE ONLY...ANYBODY ELSE INVOLVES THE POLICE.....PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY BY ANY MEANS! THEN YOU WILL GET CONFIDENCE BACK FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC. I TRUST NOBODY![/p][/quote]My god - what a pr*ck you really are! If that happened then you would be on here ranting about a nanny state and big brother - numpty andysaints007
  • Score: 4

8:56pm Tue 2 Sep 14

lastminmoran says...

IF A 83 year old falls for this whats wrong with somebody watching out for them? IF WE HAD SOMEBODY TO LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS, plans could be put in place. the same for 1400 kids who were known about but were left to the wolves! crying out for the nanny state?where is it? and ranting about big brother which in the end is being watched and yet what is done to protect the victim????a certain incident in woolwich springs to mind! you must be a man of the world andy,i hope you never get into the position where you wish someone was watching your back. the point is the state is no nanny or big brother i'd want watching over me in my hour of need.
IF A 83 year old falls for this whats wrong with somebody watching out for them? IF WE HAD SOMEBODY TO LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS, plans could be put in place. the same for 1400 kids who were known about but were left to the wolves! crying out for the nanny state?where is it? and ranting about big brother which in the end is being watched and yet what is done to protect the victim????a certain incident in woolwich springs to mind! you must be a man of the world andy,i hope you never get into the position where you wish someone was watching your back. the point is the state is no nanny or big brother i'd want watching over me in my hour of need. lastminmoran
  • Score: -2

9:54pm Tue 2 Sep 14

The Phantomerer says...

lastminmoran wrote:
IF A 83 year old falls for this whats wrong with somebody watching out for them? IF WE HAD SOMEBODY TO LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS, plans could be put in place. the same for 1400 kids who were known about but were left to the wolves! crying out for the nanny state?where is it? and ranting about big brother which in the end is being watched and yet what is done to protect the victim????a certain incident in woolwich springs to mind! you must be a man of the world andy,i hope you never get into the position where you wish someone was watching your back. the point is the state is no nanny or big brother i'd want watching over me in my hour of need.
I AGREE!! What if we trained all the peoples who were honest and decent to have guns and shoot at the criminals and then the police wouldn't have to bother about the everyday crimes and they could be solving the serious crimes like the terrorists which Tony BLAIR caused anyway and he should be in the Hague for what he did to the people of the Iraqs and our brave boys and girls that got blown up and then they came home an nobody helped and then there old dad got robbed because they phoned up about the banks and he gave over the card and they take the money because they have the PINS now David CAMERONS is just us bad as they knew about all those kids and didn't do anything and it was like the BBC with the Jimmy Savile when he used to advertise British Rail the age of the train, but that was a long time ago but they still knew it was going on now the state is watching but they are just evaluating you they don't want to help you this is why they took away our guns because they knew we would rise up just like the French did but I dont know if they had guns but they chopped people's heads off I don't think that will happen here though. A sad day for humanity.
[quote][p][bold]lastminmoran[/bold] wrote: IF A 83 year old falls for this whats wrong with somebody watching out for them? IF WE HAD SOMEBODY TO LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEIGHBOURS, plans could be put in place. the same for 1400 kids who were known about but were left to the wolves! crying out for the nanny state?where is it? and ranting about big brother which in the end is being watched and yet what is done to protect the victim????a certain incident in woolwich springs to mind! you must be a man of the world andy,i hope you never get into the position where you wish someone was watching your back. the point is the state is no nanny or big brother i'd want watching over me in my hour of need.[/p][/quote]I AGREE!! What if we trained all the peoples who were honest and decent to have guns and shoot at the criminals and then the police wouldn't have to bother about the everyday crimes and they could be solving the serious crimes like the terrorists which Tony BLAIR caused anyway and he should be in the Hague for what he did to the people of the Iraqs and our brave boys and girls that got blown up and then they came home an nobody helped and then there old dad got robbed because they phoned up about the banks and he gave over the card and they take the money because they have the PINS now David CAMERONS is just us bad as they knew about all those kids and didn't do anything and it was like the BBC with the Jimmy Savile when he used to advertise British Rail the age of the train, but that was a long time ago but they still knew it was going on now the state is watching but they are just evaluating you they don't want to help you this is why they took away our guns because they knew we would rise up just like the French did but I dont know if they had guns but they chopped people's heads off I don't think that will happen here though. A sad day for humanity. The Phantomerer
  • Score: -1

10:20pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Huey says...

My god, how long have we been told never to give your pin to anyone, even the bank?
And yes I'd think that even if it was my dad. I'd tell him he really must be taking leave of his senses after all these years.
The older you are the longer you have had to take the message in.
Sheltered housing is now needed for this gent.
My god, how long have we been told never to give your pin to anyone, even the bank? And yes I'd think that even if it was my dad. I'd tell him he really must be taking leave of his senses after all these years. The older you are the longer you have had to take the message in. Sheltered housing is now needed for this gent. Huey
  • Score: 2

10:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Huey says...

Now he is on the suckers list they won't leave him alone
Now he is on the suckers list they won't leave him alone Huey
  • Score: 1

8:44am Wed 3 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

There's a gap in the market for a land line phone which automatically rejects withheld numbers , unregistered paygo mobiles and multi-diallers and automatically reroutes international numbers to voicemail. Go on you entrepreneurs.
There's a gap in the market for a land line phone which automatically rejects withheld numbers , unregistered paygo mobiles and multi-diallers and automatically reroutes international numbers to voicemail. Go on you entrepreneurs. Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 0

3:28pm Wed 3 Sep 14

george h says...

All of you are no doubt well-intentioned, and would have helped this old gent given the opportunity. But you all miss the point completely.

Criminals do this because they can. They do it knowing that the penalty if caught is minimal. A few more months or years in prison to add to those years already done inside.

The solution is staring you all in the face. Make the criminal afraid of being caught. Simple.

In some places they'd lose a hand. Hard to steal from old people with a hand missing. So while I'm not advocating punishments of that severity, there is a lot more we could do to make these scum behave in the future.
All of you are no doubt well-intentioned, and would have helped this old gent given the opportunity. But you all miss the point completely. Criminals do this because they can. They do it knowing that the penalty if caught is minimal. A few more months or years in prison to add to those years already done inside. The solution is staring you all in the face. Make the criminal afraid of being caught. Simple. In some places they'd lose a hand. Hard to steal from old people with a hand missing. So while I'm not advocating punishments of that severity, there is a lot more we could do to make these scum behave in the future. george h
  • Score: 0

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