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Woman loses £1,000 in Tesco trolley scam after being distracted in car park

Lola Sledmere, 88, said she only realized her current account card was missing when she checked her bank statement online and saw two withdrawals of £250 had been made

Lola Sledmere, 88, had withdrawn £1,000 from her account at various ATMs two days after visiting a Tesco supermarket in Amersham, Buckinghamshire [pictured]
Lola Sledmere, 88, had withdrawn £1,000 from her account at various ATMs two days after visiting a Tesco supermarket in Amersham, Buckinghamshire

A woman who lost £1,000 after criminals followed her into a Tesco store and stole her bank card has warned other shoppers.

Lola Sledmere, 88, had £1,000 withdrawn from her account two days after visiting a Tesco supermarket in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

She says she was distracted by a man returning her shopping cart in the parking lot, while a scammer got into her car just meters away to take her card.

The grandmother of seven saw a CCTV film that appeared to show a third criminal lurking behind her, watching as she entered her PIN at the checkout. She believes the trio conspired to steal her bank card.







Lola Sledmere, 88, had withdrawn £1,000 from her account at various ATMs two days after visiting a Tesco supermarket in Amersham, Buckinghamshire [pictured]
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Since the incident, the widow has become suspicious about leaving her home in Little Chalfont, Bucks.

She said: “It affected me a lot. I had trouble sleeping because I think about it all the time. It’s just so clear in my head. I was sad and worried and frankly stupid.”

Lola, who worked in psychology, added: “Of course it has also hit me financially. I’m a pensioner. I have a state pension, but I’m not doing well at all.”

After paying for her groceries, Lola is believed to have been followed to her car by the man who saw her PIN.

She put her groceries and purse in her car and left it unlocked as she turned to return the cart.

But another man approached her and asked directions to Chesham. Lola said: “I thought he was being a bit silly as there are lots of signs for Chesham and it’s just around the corner. But I offered help.

“Someone must have looked over my shoulder at the checkout beforehand and given my PIN number.”

Lola, who was born in the Netherlands and moved to the UK in 1955, said she only realized the card was missing when she checked her bank online and saw two withdrawals of £250 had been made.

The pensioner informed Thames Valley Police but the next day – 3 May

Lola works with the police and her bank to get the money back.

She warned: “Everyone should always lock their car, no matter how far it is from the tram stop.

“I would say be wary of strangers. My purse was returned very neatly in the same place as in the car and my wallet was not taken. It was just this card, but these criminals were very clever. It only takes a few minutes. “

A Tesco spokesman said: “We are sorry to hear of this incident and want to reassure people that the safety of our customers and colleagues is our top priority.”

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