Further warning over car park scam

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Police are renewing their appeal for people to be vigilant after a second distraction theft took place in Louth yesterday (Friday).

As reported yesterday, a woman in Skegness was the victim of a scam while at a supermarket, where someone pretended there were cables hanging from the front of her car to gain access to her debit cards.

Today (Saturday), PCSO Dave Bunker (@PCSO_Bunker) tweeted out a second warning from PCSO Sally Hewitt of the Louth Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team following a similar incident at a supermarket in Louth this time.

A Lincolnshire Alert promoted by PCSO Bunker said the incident took place at about 11.40am yesterday, when a woman paid for her goods on her bank card and then went to place her shopping in her car.

It said: “The lady put her purse on her passenger seat and had a knock on her car window.

“A male spoke with the lady and said she seemed to have a problem with her car and that wires were hanging down from the front. The male persuaded the lady to let him have a look and asked that she hold the bonnet whilst he was doing this.

“At this time, another offender has opened the car door and stolen the ladies bank cards from inside her purse. They have then used the cards to withdraw a substantial amount of cash.”

The alert added that the cards have all been cancelled and are now useless.

It is believed that the offenders watched the lady pay for her shopping and enter her PIN which has then allowed them to use the cards later on.

Any information regarding this theft should go to the Lincolnshire Police non-emergency number 101, quoting incident 237 of October 16, 2015.