Beware of fraudsters using couriers

Beware of fraudsters using couriers

We are repeating a warning to elderly residents to be on their guard after two people in Lichfield were persuaded to hand over a total of £20,000 to fraudsters claiming to be police officers.

The victims each received a phone call from a fraudster who told them they were speaking to a police officer and that they needed them to assist in an investigation. The caller provided a collar number and stated which constabulary they were calling from – which made the call more believable.

The fraudsters persuaded the victims to withdraw cash from their bank accounts, which was then collected from their home by a ‘courier’.

As well as the two cases where the fraudsters have been successful, there have been other unsuccessful attempts to extort money from people in the Staffordshire area using the same tactics.

We are urging family members, friends and neighbours of elderly people to make them aware of this criminality to prevent others from becoming victims.

Your bank or the police will never:

Ask you to withdraw cash or transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons.
Send someone to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book if you are a victim of fraud.
Phone you to ask for your 4-digit card PIN or your online banking password.

If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and call us on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

For the latest fraud alerts and advice visit https://www.staffordshire.police.uk/article/8201/Latest-Fraud-Alerts

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Regards,
Paula James
Community Engagement Officer
Community Messaging
Email: nw