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Sainsbury’s nectar card fraud

Police are asking Nectar card owners in Chippenham to check their points after being alerted to a potential alleged fraud.

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Police are investigating a Nectar points scam at Sainsbury’s after claims that staff are allegedly swapping customers’ cards for blank ones.

The customer is unaware they have been handed back a different card – and the fraudsters then cash in the points from the cards they have stolen.

The points have then been exchanged for gift vouchers or used against goods in the store.

One customer had almost £200 on her card when she went to pay for petrol, only to find it blank. Another shopper lost £125 of points in the same month.

When she tried to use the card to pay towards her Christmas shop she was stunned to find there were no points on it.

Following police enquiries, a 21 year old man and a 24 year old woman, both from Melksham, were arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation. Both were subsequently released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Following the release of a CCTV image, a man has come forward and is helping police with their enquiries.

People who find their Nectar cards empty and believe they may have been a victim of this crime or anyone who has any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Debby Homer from the Local Crime Team (LCT) in Melksham on 101.

For more information visit the Wiltshire Police Website.

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