Yesterday West Midlands Police have launched a drive to raise awareness about a new scam which is conning the region’s elderly out of thousands of pounds with banking scare stories.
Fraud investigators have reported a surge in reports from residents who’ve been stung by a “courier scam” which sees tricksters talking vulnerable people into handing over bank cards and PIN numbers.
The ruse involves callers posing as police officers and panicking targets into believing their bank account has been hacked…and that they need to seize the cards and security details, including PIN numbers, to stop further fraudulent transactions.
In some cases, the scammers have sent couriers to the customer’s homes to collect bank cards which have then been used to withdraw cash or go on spending sprees.
The tactic gained popularity amongst con artists last year and in the first six weeks of this year more than 30 people − whose ages range from 59 to 93 − have fallen foul of the con.
The victims identified so far this year have collectively lost around £10,000 to the scam.
To help us stop these criminals in their tracks, we’re asking for your help to spread word of this scam among your friends, family and colleagues.
Protect yourself against courier fraud:
• Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards
• Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number
• If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.
If you’ve been a victim call your bank and cancel your cards immediately − try to call from a different phone if reporting it immediately after being contacted by someone you believe was a scammer − and report it to West Midlands Police on 101.
To find out more search “courier scam” on our website: www.west-midlands.police.uk