I have circulated details of this scam previously but as Lincolnshire has recently suffered a number of further cases I have decided to repeat the offending method and prevention advice. As with many of these ‘scams’ offenders often target elderly and/or vulnerable people. If you have an elderly relative or neighbour please let them know about this.

How it works 

– Elderly victim is contacted on their landline by a man identifying himself as a Police Officer (usually from Birmingham or London).   The caller will give the name and collar number of a genuine Police Officer

– Victim is informed that police have someone in custody who has made a fraudulent transaction on their card. Victim is told to          contact their bank asap

– Victim puts the phone down but offender does NOT and keeps the line open

– Offender will then pretend to be the victim’s bank and will ask personal questions (PIN number etc). The victim will be kept on        the phone for around 1 to 2 hours and will be told that a courier will be sent around to ensure the card is disposed of

– Offender will send another person (criminal associate) to the address to collect the card(s)

– Offender will then use the victim’s card shortly afterwards, withdrawing sums of between £1500 and £2000

Police are urging any victims or people who have received such calls in the Lincolnshire area to ring 101 and leave details for the attention of PC 855 PARKER (Lincolnshire Police).

PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST COURIER FRAUD

– YOUR BANK WILL NEVER SEND A COURIER TO YOUR HOME

– YOUR BANK AND/OR THE POLICE WILL NEVER COLLECT YOUR BANK CARD

– YOUR BANK AND/OR THE POLICE WILL NEVER ASK FOR YOUR PIN NUMBER

– IF YOU RECEIVE ONE OF THESE CALLS HANG UP IMMEDIATELY

For more information visit www.actionfraud.police.uk

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