A CONMAN who stole a woman’s bank card and then calmly phoned her and asked for the pin number.
The 56-year-old victim, who works in a care home South Shore, had her card stolen by the brazen thief who pretended he was visiting the home on legitimate business.
Later he phoned her at work pretending to be an employee from her bank and convinced her someone had stolen her card and was trying to withdraw cash.
She was tricked into revealing her PIN number and the thief, working with a woman accomplice, managed to steal £900.
Later, a further attempt was made the woman accomplice to withdraw £2,500 from her account to buy euros from Thomson’s travel agent on Birley Street – but when security questions needed answering, the woman made her excuses and fled.
Sgt Simon Pritchard from Blackpool Police said: “This was a very callous crime – the offender managed to convince the victim she was actually talking to her bank.
“This man had been in the home earlier that day under the guise of being on legitimate visitor, but when the woman saw him in the office, she got suspicious and questioned him so he left.
“Later that morning, she got a phone call at work from a man saying he was from her bank and her cards had been stolen.
“She was rightfully suspicious and kept him talking because at first she was unsure whether she had actually taken her bank cards into work with her.
“We believe he used receipts from her purse to be able to describe recent transactions she had made and she eventually gave her pin number.
“It seems these were then sent to a female accomplice who used the pin to withdraw £900 from her account”.
The con man struck on Friday July 29 at 9.30 in the morning.
Images of the women who withdrew the cash was caught on CCTV both at the bank and later at the travel agents. A computerised EvoFit image of the man has also been generated.
He is white and believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, around 5ft 8in tall, medium build and has a shaved head. He wore glasses and had a loop earring in his left ear.
His appearance is described as smart, on the day of the theft, he was wearing navy blue trousers and a navy zip up jacket with a motif on the front which could be three X’s or three A’s.
Insp Pritchard added: “I would urge anybody who recognises these people to get in touch immediately.
“This theft has left the victim understandably upset.
“I would also urge any members of the public to be on their guard if they get phone calls from anybody pretending to be from their bank.
“If they have any doubt about who they are speaking to, end the call, call your bank back or ask them to put the enquiry in writing.
“It is worth noting, banks will never ask for personal PIN numbers on any account, if anyone does they will not be from the bank.
Anybody with information can contact Blackpool Police on 0845 1253545 or crime stoppers 0800 555111.