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Bexley supermarket shoppers targeted by gang of scammers
5:30pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
A GANG of scammers are targeting supermarket shoppers across Bexley, police have warned.
Four people have had their bank cards and Personal Identification Numbers stolen from checkouts in the borough recently.
The con artists watch unassuming shoppers enter their PIN before another gang member asks if the £10 on the floor is theirs.
The victim then picks up the cash, assuming it is theirs, before the scammer follows them to the car and demands it back.
Using a document to cover the person’s wallet, the con artist then deftly steals cash.
A number of cards have also been stolen through pick pocketing.
Detective Inspector Steve Goodhew from Bexley police said: “We know these criminals apply this scam at ATM cash points and now they are targeting victims at store check outs, often with dozens of shoppers around them.
“From the descriptions given police are currently looking for a group of three to four males and a female who are described as being of Asian or Eastern European appearance.
“They are organised and very skilled at what they do. So much so that one recent victim was unaware of the theft until they got their bank statement.”