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Thursday 02 June 2016, 1:42 PM

Gloucestershire Constabulary are warning the public after an elderly woman’s credit card was stolen and used.

On Tuesday 31 May at around 3pm, the 74-year-old victim used her credit card at a cashpoint at Lloyd’s bank on the High Street in Cheltenham. She is thought to have left her card in the machine where it was later stolen.

£700 has since been withdrawn from her account after it was used in stores in Handsworth, Birmingham. The victim’s bank contacted her the following day about suspicious transactions, who will reimburse the money stolen.

Police are urging the public to follow some simple steps to avoid this happening to them:

  • Be aware of who is around you when using a cashpoint
  • Cover your PIN when typing it into a machine
  • Ensure you take your card from the machine after using it
  • Keep your card in a secure bag, wallet or purse when out and about and try to avoid using pockets where it could easily be pinched from

To report suspicious activity at cash points or in busy town centres, call police on 101 or if a crime is in progress, 999. Please share these messages with your family, friends and neighbours, especially those who are elderly and vulnerable.

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