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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Gardai warn public about 'distraction theft' scam

Published 27/11/2012|10:30

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GARDAI HAVE warned the people of Fingal to be wary of a unscrupulous duo making their way around the county robbing shoppers of their debit cards and pin numbers in a 'distraction theft' scam.

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The most recent incidents of the crime have taken place in the east of the county with a woman in Portmarnock hit by the scam last Thursday and robbed of over €1,400. The incident happened in Dunnes Stores in Portmarnock at 1.30pm on Thursday, November 22 as the woman reached the till to pay for her shopping. She was approached by what she described as ' two foreign males' who distracted her at the till. While one observed her pin being entered, the other dropped a €10 note on the floor and convinced the target of the theft that the note was hers. In the ensuing confusion, the pair of thieves stole the woman's Permanent TSB Debit Card. By the time the victim of the crime discovered her card was missing, she was told it had been 'compromised four times'. The four transactions on the card totalled over €1,400 and gardaí have warned that the crime is commonplace and shoppers should beware of the practice this Christmas. The scam is referred to internally in the gardaí as European gang distraction theft and incidents of this type of crime have been recorded across the county for some time.

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