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Neighbourhood Alert as scam hits Cornish shops

Neighbourhood Alert as scam hits Cornish shops

Published by Emma Carton at 8:55am 19th November 2019. (Updated at 12:07pm 19th November 2019)

Police have issued a neighbourhood alert about a debit card scam targeting shops across Cornwall.

The force says frausters have been into several small stores in the west and mid-Cornwall areas.

Pirate FM told you about a warning posted by officers in Wadebridge, after reports from St Merryn to Newquay.

Now another has been issued, amid claims men are using dodgy debit cards to buy high-value items like alcohol and cigarettes.

Credit Card Machine
Police have issued a Neighbourhood Alert amid reports of a debit card scam targeting shops across Cornwall


What is the scam?

Police say the scam involves cards not being fully inserted into machines, so the transaction can run as 'customer not present'.

They are then entering different card details that go through, before the transaction later bounces.

"Wadebridge Police have had several reports of suspicious males buying large quantities of alcohol and cigarettes from off licences and shops in the St Merryn area, including other areas along the north coast - Newquay and further afield. 

"Please be aware this is a scam we are calling the #customernotpresent scam. 

"This is a fraudulent use of a 'false' debit card, whereby the 'offender' does not fully insert the card into the machine. 

"The machine does not realise the card is there, therefore a transaction can be made with #customernotpresent.

"The 'offender' then enters different card details from the card they have put into the card machine. 

"By doing so, the payment will go through on the card machine but at a later stage the payment will not be successful".

Wadebridge Police

Credit Card
Devon and Cornwall Police say men are using cards, believed to be fraudulent, to buy high-value items like alcohol and cigarettes

"We would like to make shops aware that we have received reports of males believed to have made fraudulent purchases in shops.

"The most recent reports have taken place in the West and Mid Cornwall area.

"Three males have entered several shops and purchased items of high value such as alcohol and cigarettes.

"The cards used for payment are believed to be fraudulent - numerous cards have been used for payment.

"Please be wary of this and inform staff.

"If you have information please phone 101, or 999 if a crime is taking place quoting log 379 17 November 2019".

Devon and Cornwall Police

Please report any incidents to Action Fraud via their website or by phoning 0300 123 2040 - and to police by calling 101 or emailing 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk

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