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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Evans has over £6,000 stolen from HSBC account

David Evans: lost over £6,000 in theft
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Trainer David Evans has become the latest racing professional to have large sums of money taken from his bank account.

In a scam that appears to continue to defeat banks' security systems, the trainer had £6,350 withdrawn from his account at different branches of HSBC by people claiming to be him.

The practice first came to light three years ago, when a host of jockeys were revealed to have been victims of a fraud believed to have netted the perpetrators around £50,000.

Champion Flat jockeys Ryan Moore, Jim Crowley and Paul Hanagan were among those targeted by a team who used some of their personal information to obtain access to accounts at high street banks. The money was refunded.

Evans said on Tuesday: "About six months back we had £750 taken out of our account with no explanation. We were reimbursed and the bank were supposed to look into it and tell us what happened, which they never did.

"Then someone from the bank rang me up last week and said did I know there'd been four transactions out of the bank. My wife had drawn £1,000 out for me, but there were another three carried out in the space of 20 minutes from different places, two for £1,750 and one for £2,850, at branches in Hertford and Luton."

Evans, whose own branch is in Abergavenny, continued: "These people went into the bank and filled in a form saying they had forgotten the card and signed my name.

"We have a copy of the transaction forms and the signature is nothing like mine and my address is spelled wrong. We were told they were done by two men with different names who were authorised to draw money out."

Last year, out of frustration with the banks' inability to investigate the thefts or prevent them recurring, the Professional Jockeys Association urged its members to take more business off the high street. Evans said he would move his account to Weatherbys.

We have a copy of the transaction forms and the signature is nothing like mine and my address is spelled wrong

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