Courier Fraud Phone Scam

Phone_ScamResidents are being alerted to a courier fraud phone scam that is potentially circulating in the area.

Staffordshire Police received two reports yesterday (Monday 15 August) and one today (Tuesday 16 August) of suspicious phone calls from someone claiming to be from a PPI company.

It’s reported that the caller informs the resident that they are entitled to thousands of pounds of PPI refund and that to claim the money owed to them they must pay 10 per cent.  The 10 per cent is requested in various forms, including a cheque, a Moneygram and a Paysafe card.  The caller says they will call back to arrange for it to be collected and the rest of the money paid.

In these instances, the intended victims did the right thing – they called the police and did not follow any instructions the caller gave.  Although these residents were in the Tamworth area, these fraudsters can target anyone, anywhere, so please take heed.

This is a scam – please do not engage with anyone who calls you in this way and follow our advice.

Remember, fraudsters are clever – They know how to trick people to get the response and information they want.  Never give any details to a stranger over the phone.  Do not engage with them and end the call as soon as possible.

Alert others – Please alert elderly or vulnerable family and friends to the above scam to stop them becoming a victim too.

Report any suspicious calls – If you think you may have fallen victim to a suspicious call, please report it as soon as possible to the police.

Anyone with any information on the above incident is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 328 of August 16.

You can also report crime by contacting the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at crimestoppers.org.  No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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