Don't be a victim of Courier Fraud
17/12/2013 07:39:00......Posted by Sara Bashford
Below is a message from our Local Policing Team. They have asked that this message is passed to as many residents as possible, so they don’t become a victim of what is called Courier Fraud. Please read this and report any suspicions.
An update for you from your Local Policing Team here at Selsdon & Ballards. Burglaries are occurring at the same rate as last month, which is considered normal (low). Anti social behaviour also remains low. However, taking centre stage is Courier Fraud. Selsdon has had an alarming amount of Courier Fraud which has emptied the accounts of too many victims. The majority of victims are elderly or considered vulnerable due to their age.
The fraud works by the suspect telephoning the victim and claiming to be someone from an authority - usually the police, bank or Serious Fraud Office. They tell them that their bank account has been compromised and their card must be collected. The most convincing element of the ruse is that the suspect instructs the victim to hang up and call the police/bank/Serious Fraud Office on a genuine number to check that they are who they say they are. The victim dials the new number but the fraudster does not disconnect so, unknown to the victim, they are still speaking to the suspect or a co-conspirator.
The fraudster then convinces the victim to reveal their PIN, usually by typing it in on their keypad. The suspect is able to tell which keys have been pressed. They then instruct the victim to put their bank card in an envelope and send a - usually unwitting - courier or taxi driver to the victim's house to collect it. The card is delivered to another suspect and is used, with the PIN, to empty the victim's bank account.
Some victims have described the courier as a man of Eastern European appearance possibly in his 30s, 40s. The suspect is male and speaks good English and comes across as a professional so you would never suspect the worst.
Please trust your instincts, if your suspect anyone of fraudulent activity then you must inform the police.
I am urging all that are reading this to spread the word and tell those who may need this information.
If anyone has become a victim of fraud then you can either visit the website below or call police on 101.