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Public warned after credit card scam
Thursday 25th August, 2005

Police are warning people to remain vigilant after two people had credit cards stolen and were then tricked into handing over their personal identification numbers.

In the first incident, someone is believed to have gone into one of the departments at Wigan Royal Infirmary on Tuesday 23 August 2005 and stolen a wallet from a coat.

The owner later received a call from a man claiming to be from the Royal Bank of Scotland. The owner was then tricked into giving out their PIN and later found cash had been taken from one of their accounts.

In the second incident, a wallet was stolen from a handbag in another department of the infirmary. The owner later received a call from a man claiming to be from Natwest bank. They were duped into giving out their PIN and later found money had been withdrawn from an account.

Both wallets are thought to have been stolen sometime between 9am and 11am.

A GMP spokesperson said: "We would like to remind people to remain vigilant at all times and take all necessary steps to protect sensitive personal information.

"Anybody who has credit or debit cards stolen should report the matter to the police and contact their bank or credit card company as soon as possible to cancel them.

"Financial institutions and GMP officers will never ask for sensitive information like PINs and you should never give out this information.

"If you have any doubts about the veracity of a caller, take down their name and telephone number, contact the organisation they say they are from and check the call is genuine.

Anyone with any information about either of the two incidents is asked to contact CID at Wigan on 0161 856 7770 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Information about any kind of theft or financial fraud can be passed to Greater Manchester Police on 0161 872 5050.

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