Wellington Police want to identify two people in relation to a PIN number
scam being used to obtain money from stolen bank cards. Police say the male
and female have been quite convincing with shop staff and warn others not to
fall into the same trap.
Cash, wallets and other small valuables have been stolen from backroom office
areas by one person while the other diverts the attention of the staff
A short time after the pair have left, a phone call is made to the store,
with one of the pair posing as a bank representative asking for a bank card
PIN number to refund overcharging. The ‘representative’ gives the staff
member the option of visiting the bank in person or conveniently providing
the PIN number immediately by phone.
Police say three small business owners in Wellington CBD have made reports
and CCTV images of the pair have been provided. The pair are believed to
have first obtained property and money from CBD shops on Saturday 9 January.
Police warn all members of the public against giving bank card PIN numbers
over the phone to anyone, no matter how persuasive the caller sounds. Shop
staff working alone should pay attention to people’s movements in their store
when helping customers.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to call Wellington
Police burglary squad on 381 2000.