Fraudsters who have been tricking people across Lincolnshire into handing over their bank cards, targeted Grantham residents over the weekend with four reported cases.
Lincolnshire Police were pleased to report that none of these attempts were successful, but are keen to reiterate their warning to the public about this sophisticated “courier scam”.
As with many of these cons, offenders often target vulnerable or elderly people, and the police are asking the public to warn in particular elderly friends and relatives as well as raising awareness of this scam through Twitter and Facebook.
The scammers concentrate intensely on a particular area before moving on, and the police wanted to remind the public of how the scam works (see below)
- Victim is contacted on their landline from a man identifying himself as a police officer (usually from Birmingham or London). The caller will give a name and collar number of a real police officer.
- Victim informed that Police have someone in custody who has made a fraudulent transaction on their card. The victim is told to contact their bank ASAP.
- Victim will put the phone down but the offender will NOT, hence keeping the line open.
- Offender will then pretend to be the victim’s bank and ask personal questions ie PIN numbers. The offender will keep the victim on the phone for 1 to 2 hours and inform the victim that they will send a courier around to collect the card to ensure it is disposed of.
- Offender will send a courier (usually another member of the group) to the address to collect the bank card. The courier will then arrive at victims address and collect the card/s.
- Offender will then use the victims card immediately after, withdrawing and making transactions between £1,500 to £2,000
The police are urging residents to call 101 with details of incidents to pass on for the attention of PC 855 Steve Parker who is coordinating an overview of all offences and spreading awareness of the issue.
He said, “I have spoken to a number of forces and they have said that we need to get on top of this because from their experience, they have a few incidents and then it ‘explodes’ in their County once the offenders realise they can get something from the area.”
- For more information visit Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk
- If you think you have handed over any details to the fraudsters, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately
- If you want to call your bank, then do it from another telephone