Criminals target Bromley resident in Apple Store credit card scam

PUBLISHED: 10:17 31 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:17 31 July 2013

Bromley residents are being urged to look out for credit card scammers, after a woman was conned out of her details by criminals posing as workers at the Apple Store, in Bluewater.

The unsuspecting victim was told two teenagers were using a clone of her credit card to try and buy iPhones.

After claiming the boys had fled the store when challenged, the caller told the victim to contact her bank by telephone. The scammer reassured the Bromley resident that the call was genuine by asking her to hang up and phone her bank for confirmation.

Rob Vale, head of Bromley Trading Standards, explans that the scam works by the criminal staying on the line and then answering the new call, tricking the victim into believing they are now speaking to their bank.

The fraudster will then ask for a PIN number, or ask the victim to key their PIN into the phone keypad. A courier is then sent to collect the credit card.

Cllr Tim Stevens, executive for public protection, said: “This is a variation on the ‘Courier Scam’ and residents should remain suspicious of any call that requests personal banking information.

“Criminals are continuing to become highly sophisticated in their attempts to trick consumers into giving this information away.”

If you wish to discuss any form of scam please contact the Citizens Advice Bureau helpline on 08454 040506.

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