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Police have released the image of a man wanted in connection with stealing a wallet and withdrawing money from the victim’s account.
Police have released the image of a man
wanted in connection with stealing a wallet and withdrawing money from the
Sometime between 9.15am and 12.45pm on Wednesday 18 April 2012, the 45-year-old man had his wallet stolen as he attended a conference at The Hilton Hotel, Ringway.
At around 12.45pm, he was informed that there was an urgent call from a man claiming to be from his bank and a member of the fraud prevention unit.
The man told him there had been a number of attempts to withdraw money.
The man asked the victim a number of ‘security’ questions before he was asked for his PIN number. Believing the call was genuine, he told the man.
Still unaware his wallet had been stolen, the victim returned to the conference room. When he could not find his wallet, he contacted police.
Following investigations, officers have identified that two men had fraudulently withdrawn money from the victim’s credit cards in Stockport town centre. There were further unsuccessful attempts to take out cash.
One man, a 51-year-old, has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and fraud offences. He has been bailed until 28 November 2012 pending further inquiries.
Now police have released the CCTV image of a man wanted in connection with the crime.
Detective Constable Gary Bell based at Manchester Airport Police Station said: "The victim genuinely believed that the person on the other end of the phone was genuine due to the types of security questions being asked.
"Little did he know that his wallet had been stolen and the information he provided would mean money was going to be fraudulently taken out of his bank account.
"We believe the man in the image lives in the West Midlands area and would ask anyone who recognises him to contact police. He is described as being white, between 45 and 50 years old, of medium to heavy build and was wearing a grey suit jacket, black trousers and white shirt.
"I would like to remind people that your bank or building society will never ask for your personal PIN number so if you get a phone call from someone wanting these details, please do not give it them as you are likely to fall victim to crime.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 0252 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.