A PENSIONER is warning people to be on their guard against credit card cloning after he became a victim just months after his wife.
Now John Sanford, aged 75, from Olton, says he will only pay by cash for petrol and is urging others to do the same.
The scam came to light when Mr Sanford examined a statement sent to him by Lloyds TSB, and found there were debits for transactions which he knew he had not made.
He claims his card must have been cloned when he bought petrol at Hobs Moat Service Station in Hobs Moat Road, Solihull, in mid-November, but the manager there is adamant that could not have happened.
Mr Sanford’s 64-year-wife Carolyn said she lost £350 in a similar scam at another local garage, although the money was returned to her credit card account by her bank.
“Altogether, about £1,800-worth of goods were bought on my husband’s card by someone else,” she said. “The bank are satisfied he did not make the transactions and the money is being refunded.
“The transactions included one for more than £500 for computer equipment from an internet firm. It’s frightening how easily cards can be cloned.
“The police have been told what happened and the credit card has now been cut up. In future we will both be paying for petrol by cash.”
The service station at Hobs Moat Road is run by Euro Garages. Manager Ishtiaq Ali said: “I haven’t heard anything about one of our customers having his card cloned.
“I have worked here for seven years and there has been no trouble of this kind. I’m 99 per cent certain that none of my staff could be involved - they are very honest.”
In September, three members of a Sri Lankan gang who cloned hundreds of credit cards used at a Balsall Common petrol station were jailed for the scam.
The fraudsters used hidden ceiling cameras to film card details and customers keying in their PIN numbers.
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