Fraudster spends stolen cash abroad

PUBLISHED: 11:25 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 12:18 04 May 2010

VICTIM: Arthur Keen                      Photo: HELEN DRAKE

VICTIM: Arthur Keen Photo: HELEN DRAKE

A DISABLED pensioner has been robbed of more than £200 after falling victim to credit card fraud. Diabetic Arthur Keen, 65, who also suffers from asthma and other breathing difficulties, discovered a thief had been spending on his card in Malaysia and Yor

A DISABLED pensioner has been robbed of more than £200 after falling victim to credit card fraud.

Diabetic Arthur Keen, 65, who also suffers from asthma and other breathing difficulties, discovered a thief had been spending on his card in Malaysia and Yorkshire.

He only discovered the transactions when staff at his card operator, Vanquis, called to question his spending.

Now he fears his card details may have been stolen when he bought petrol at a garage in Bury St Edmunds early in the new year.

Hundreds of motorists using the garage have complained of credit card fraud in the last few weeks, including Newmarket couple Kelly Butler and Ian Crosby, who nearly had their wedding plans ruined when a thief stole £2,500 on one of their cards. It had been used 22 times in Malaysia.

Now Suffolk police have launched an investigation.

Mr Keen, of West Drive, Soham said: "I'm really frightened to use my card now.

"At first when I received the phone call from the credit card company asking if I had been out to Malaysia, I thought someone was having a joke. But it seems whoever has been getting away with this had been doing it for some time."

Mr Keen was told that the thief had drawn out £151 in cash from his card in February in Malaysia, and just under £60 in cash a month earlier in Kirby in Yorkshire.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: "We are investigating an historic series of frauds, possibly involving card skimming.

"We are looking at a garage in Bury St Edmunds. The incidents date back to December and we do not believe the fraud is ongoing. We are looking at around 400 reports from banks and members of the public who have either had money taken from their accounts abroad, or attempts have been made to do so."

APACS, the UK payments association, said: "Anyone who is the innocent victim of any type of card fraud should report it to the card company immediately. Under The Banking Code, if your card details are stolen - providing you haven't been negligent - you will be reimbursed for any fraud on your card.

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