#WeekOfAction – Courier Fraud Date published: 16th October 2018 11.37am

As part of their week of action against rogue traders and fraudsters Cheshire Police is today focusing on courier fraud.

A scheme used by criminals to coerce vulnerable residents out of thousands of pounds.

In this type of fraud the victims are contacted by a cold caller purporting to be from their bank, from the police or other law enforcement authority.

They then convince the victim that their bank account has been compromised and their money is no longer safe.

The victim is then told to withdraw large sums of their money from their account and hand it over to a courier who will keep it safe.

Detective Chief Inspector Karen Jaundrill said: “With all the news about online fraud and cybercrime it’s easy to understand why elderly and vulnerable residents are often concerned when they receive a call saying their accounts have been compromised.

“However, if you ever receive a call of this nature you should always be extremely cautious and never divulge any personal information or details about your accounts.

“If the call is genuine, they will already have all the details they need and they would never ask you to withdraw your money and hand it over to a stranger.

“The best advice to avoid falling victim to this scam is:
• Do not engage with people over the phone who are requesting money and be wary of any calls, texts or emails purporting to be from the police asking for your personal or financial details, or for you to transfer money.
• The police would never ask you to become part of an undercover investigation or for you to withdraw money and hand it to them for safekeeping
• If you are approached, or feel something is suspicious, hang up the phone and do not reply and then report it to police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. You should also inform your bank on its advertised number.

“I urge anyone who believes they have been targeted by or fallen victim to this scam, or a similar one, to report it.”