Staffordshire Police are reminding people to be aware of courier fraud where offenders are cold calling victims purporting to be police officers with the intention of obtaining personal and financial information.
In recent weeks, a number of victims have received a phone call from a fraudster who tells them they are speaking to a police officer and that they need them to assist in an undercover investigation. They are then requested to withdraw cash from their bank accounts, which is then collected by a courier later that day.
The most recently reported case of courier fraud took place on Saxon Close, Burton, on 8 January, where a 75-year-old woman received a phone call from a man posing as a police officer.
He asked her to withdraw £8,000 from her bank account stating someone had put an overdraft on it without her knowledge and that the money was likely to be transferred elsewhere. The victim withdrew £2,500 cash and paid £20 out of that for her taxi leaving £2,480 in a white envelope.
When she got home, the offender asked her to check the numbers of a few of the bank notes and claimed they were counterfeit and that he would send a courier round giving the password of ‘couch’. Almost immediately, a female offender knocked on the door and asked for the money.
Please remember that the police or your bank would never ask you to aid an investigation by withdrawing or transferring money.
Never give out or confirm personal and/or financial information to anyone over the phone.
If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately and call us on 101 if they have stated they are coming to collect your money. Alternatively, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.