Police release CCTV footage after Crawley couple are conned

Image from Sussex Police SUS-140814-143531001
Image from Sussex Police SUS-140814-143531001

Police are trying to trace two men they believe were involved in a fraud in Crawley.

Sussex Police said that on May 7, shortly before 1pm, a couple in their 70s from Hyde Drive, Ifield, received a call on their landline from a man who claimed to be an officer from Hammersmith Police station.

The caller told the victim they had arrested someone in London for an alleged card fraud.

The victim thought the caller had then put him through to his bank to cancel the cards and arranged for them to be picked up by the “police officer”.

During this time he gave his PIN numbers to the person he believed to be from the bank.

The cards were then collected by taxi, but the victim soon became suspicious and contacted police.

The spokesman said: “Detectives have been working hard and have traced the cards being taken by taxi to the Ibis Hotel in Romford Road in the Stratford area of London.

“The cards were then used just five minutes later at a cash machine on Bow Road. Two men use the cards and managed to withdraw around £350 in cash.”

Detectives now have footage of men using the bank card.

Detective Constable Glenn Fisk said: “We now have CCTV footage of these two men using the cash machines and it is obviously they know there are cameras being used in the area.

“The only descriptions we have of them are we believe they are between 18 and 25, Asian and slim.

“This type of fraud has become more common in the last year and we are asking people to remain vigilant against being convinced by these criminals.

“Neither police officers or banks will ever ask for your PIN number so never give it anyone.

“If someone does call claiming to be from the police telling you your card has been used fraudulently, please contact your bank immediately.

“Make sure you use a different phone to contact them as these criminals often keep the line open and will pretend to be the bank.

“Anyone receiving such calls should wait at least 10 minutes for their line to clear and if the opportunity arises dial 1471 to obtain the caller’s number.

“Never hand your card over and if you feel suspicious about a phone call please get in touch.

“If anyone knows anything about this incident they are asked to contact police on 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting 1028 of 7/5.”