Doncaster cash machine scam fears

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A woman who lost £200 after being the victim of a distraction theft at a cashpoint says a gang is targeting the town centre.

Sue Wallis, of Edenthorpe, has spoken out to warn others after her ordeal at the Halifax cashpoint in Doncaster Market Place.

The 57-year-old had put her card in the machine when a woman told her it wasn’t working.

The woman then used a piece of paper to cover the screen while keying in £200 and then making off with the withdrawn cash.

Mrs Wallis says she has heard of similar incidents at the same cashpoint over the past few months.

She said: “It sounds like there’s a pattern emerging – I’ve heard about other thefts at this cashpoint and people having their purses stolen after using it.

“The woman was quite aggressive when she told me the machine wasn’t working and I didn’t know what was going on when she put the paper over the screen.

“At first I didn’t know how much she had taken but when I got a statement and saw £200 I couldn’t believe it.

“I just think, ‘That could have been someone’s last £200.’

“It makes you realise what a scary world we live in sometimes, this was an evil thing to do. The only good thing was everyone in the queue was so helpful and I want to thank them for that.”

Mrs Wallis says she wants to warn people after the upsetting incident.

She added: “I would say to anyone using that machine to either go along with a friend or go inside and use the machine.”

Police are appealing for information after the incident that happened around just before 4pm in Doncaster Market Place on November 1.

n Anyone with information should call 101 quoting 908 of November 1.