Credit card thief targets Ribble Valley hotel customers

A CREDIT card thief has stolen thousands of pounds after targeting guests at Ribble Valley hotels.

Detectives said they needed to catch the crook before he strikes again after two hotels in the area were hit within a week.

The thief first struck at the Eaves Hall Country Hotel in West Bradford when he entered the building during a conference and stole a credit card from a guest's coat pocket between 12.15pm and 1pm on May 7.

Police said he later called the hotel reception purporting to be a member of staff from a bank and asking the reception staff to speak to his victim.

The thief then told the victim that his card had been stolen and that he needed to ask them some security questions, police said.

But the victim realised that it was a scam and alerted hotel staff and the police.

However, police believe the thief struck again at the Stirk House Hotel, Gisburn Road, Gisburn on Thursday night.

“This time the victim was not so lucky and she was conned by the man as she answered the security questions giving this criminal the details he needed to access her account." said Sergeant Gary Hennighan, of Clitheroe police.

Police said the thief withdrew £5,000 from the woman's bank account at a cash point in Blackburn.

Now, officers have contacted hotel owners across East Lancashire warning them to beware of the scam.

"It was a sophisticated operation and we are concerned that it could be happening elsewhere. We have been in touch with neighbouring forces to see if anything similar has happened," added Sgt Hennighan.

“This is a very serious crime and we need to catch this person before he strikes again.”

Detectives are now reviewing CCTV footage from a bank in Blackburn and will also be asking the hotel owner's for their telephone records.

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9:51pm Fri 13 May 11

cloud99 says...

Bit silly leaving your credit card in your coat pocket!
Bit silly leaving your credit card in your coat pocket! cloud99

10:26pm Fri 13 May 11

neesh says...

is it possible to draw out £5000 from a cash point? i thought there's a limit to how much you can withdraw from a machine.
is it possible to draw out £5000 from a cash point? i thought there's a limit to how much you can withdraw from a machine. neesh

11:47pm Fri 13 May 11

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

neesh wrote:
is it possible to draw out £5000 from a cash point? i thought there's a limit to how much you can withdraw from a machine.
Agrees
[quote][p][bold]neesh[/bold] wrote: is it possible to draw out £5000 from a cash point? i thought there's a limit to how much you can withdraw from a machine.[/p][/quote]Agrees Michael@ClitheroeSince58

7:09am Sat 14 May 11

warren2007 says...

300 pounds is normally the daily limit
300 pounds is normally the daily limit warren2007

8:57am Sat 14 May 11

mavrick says...

I have had a number of phone calls recently from people purporting to be from microsoft. it goes like this, we have noticed that your computer is running slow and maybe infected with a virus only we can fix, if you give us your details we can fix the bug from here.
you cant believe some people would be gullible enough to hand over their details but they are.
We seem to live in a world where too many people want a life on easy streeet without working.
The sentences handed out to these con merchants does not deter this criminal activity. we need to get tough on crime and soon.
I have had a number of phone calls recently from people purporting to be from microsoft. it goes like this, we have noticed that your computer is running slow and maybe infected with a virus only we can fix, if you give us your details we can fix the bug from here. you cant believe some people would be gullible enough to hand over their details but they are. We seem to live in a world where too many people want a life on easy streeet without working. The sentences handed out to these con merchants does not deter this criminal activity. we need to get tough on crime and soon. mavrick

4:57pm Sat 14 May 11

petestan says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
neesh wrote:
is it possible to draw out £5000 from a cash point? i thought there's a limit to how much you can withdraw from a machine.
Agrees
Exactly, I would like to know how the heck they got £5000 from a cash machine, unless they transferred it to a different account and then transferred it again or are there different rules for business accounts maybe that was it.
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]neesh[/bold] wrote: is it possible to draw out £5000 from a cash point? i thought there's a limit to how much you can withdraw from a machine.[/p][/quote]Agrees[/p][/quote]Exactly, I would like to know how the heck they got £5000 from a cash machine, unless they transferred it to a different account and then transferred it again or are there different rules for business accounts maybe that was it. petestan

6:32pm Sat 14 May 11

Dauntless says...

Impossible to get £5000 out of a cash machine. This amount of £20 notes would not fit through the slot.

I am very surprised that the Lancashire Telegraph as not run the Microsoft Credit Card scam, as they have done in their sister newspaper "The Bolton News"

See the following link for further details: http://www.thebolton
news.co.uk/news/9028
014.Warning_over_new
_telephone_scam/
Impossible to get £5000 out of a cash machine. This amount of £20 notes would not fit through the slot. I am very surprised that the Lancashire Telegraph as not run the Microsoft Credit Card scam, as they have done in their sister newspaper "The Bolton News" See the following link for further details: http://www.thebolton news.co.uk/news/9028 014.Warning_over_new _telephone_scam/ Dauntless

10:24am Thu 19 May 11

janettrost says...

The latest fight over the CFPB involves a credit card hotline. The idea is the bureau would compile data and complaints direct from consumers, and use that information when appropriate. Banks and charge card issuers are concerned with data being inaccurate and not getting used in the correct manner. This would help keep all payday loan information private.
The latest fight over the CFPB involves a credit card hotline. The idea is the bureau would compile data and complaints direct from consumers, and use that information when appropriate. Banks and charge card issuers are concerned with data being inaccurate and not getting used in the correct manner. This would help keep all payday loan information private. janettrost

10:51am Mon 30 May 11

ossybsting says...

wish he would steal my wallet he is spending less than my mrs
wish he would steal my wallet he is spending less than my mrs ossybsting

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