Woman loses more than £1000 in St Albans cashpoint distraction scam

St Albans residents should be aware of a cashpoint scam, police said.

St Albans residents should be aware of a cashpoint scam, police said. Picture: Debbie White - Credit: Debbie White

St Albans residents should be wary of people trying to deliberately distract them at cashpoints. 

A woman was drawing out money at a cash machine in St Peter's Street on Monday January 2 around 1pm when she was approached by someone asking if she was from around here. 

When the woman turned to answer, a man approached her from the other side and stole her bank card.

The woman then had £1,050 taken from her bank account within half an hour of the incident.

A spokesperson for Herts police said: "Please be vigilant and report any suspicious activities in the area.


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"If you happen to notice anything unusual or suspicious about an ATM, do not use it and report it immediately to your bank."

Please contact police on non-emergency number 101 if you have any information relating to this crime.  Alternatively, you can give information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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