Mum’s alert on scamming

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A MUM is warning Wiganers to take care after her son fell foul to cash point scammers at a local supermarket.

The incident happened as the youngster used the ATM outside the Tesco Extra store in Central Park Way. The machine swallowed his cash card and he was unable to retrieve it.

He rushed straight around to his bank branch in Standishgate to freeze the account and have a new card with a different secure PIN issued.

But while discussing the situation with staff at Santander he discovered that a number of small transactions had illegally taken place, which he blames on cloning of the card at a previous recent visit to the cash machine.

Staff in Standishgate told her son that the bank were investigating similar card-copy frauds - although it wasn’t revealed by them how many had been in Wigan.

His mother is now advising bank users to withdraw cash from ATMs which are situated inside shops and bank branches as they are more difficult for thieves to attach dummy fronts.

Santander declined to discuss whether there had been other reports of fraud eminating from the Tesco ATM - which is located on an outer external wall near the main entrance.

But a Santander spokesperson said: “We would advise anyone who has used an ATM and thinks that their card has been compromised to contact their bank as soon as possible.”

The Swinley mum of the victim didn’t want her son or herself to be identified for fear of the account being further compromised.

However she gave the Evening Post the account details so that we could investigate,

She said: “When he put his card in and typed in the PIN there was an immediate message flashed up insufficient funds because his account was now £100 in the red.

“The account is just a basic one with no overdraft, this was very weird, so he knew instantly that something was wrong.

“But when he pressed the button to finish the transaction the cash machine wouldn’t respond and wouldn’t return the card to him, which made him even more suspicious.

“He went straight around to see his bank and to freeze any more activity with his bank account and it was then, when staff looked on the computer, that they saw a series of debits which my son knows absolutely nothing about.

“He now believes that the number was cloned at a previous visit to a cash machine.

“They were a series of odd amounts of money, like £1.40 or £13.80, but added up to something like £100.

“Asking about I am now told that these conmen prefer to take small amounts of cash over a period of time as a way of trying not to raise the alarm with the account holder.”