Posted on 19th May 2014
Derbyshire Constabulary have launched an online video to raise awareness and offer advice on courier fraud following recent incidents across the county.
The online video gives the public an insight into the scam to see how fraudsters are calling members of the public to convince them to hand over their banks cards and PIN to a courier.
In the past week, officers have received four reports from residents living in Derby regarding cases of courier fraud and suspicious linked activity.
Detectives are urging the public to remain vigilant and to protect their banking details, cards and PIN to prevent them from falling victim to the crime.
Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Economic Crime Unit said: “We have been working alongside our partners to raise awareness of frauds and scams as part of our forcewide Stamp out Fraud campaign .
“Recently we have had an increase in reports of suspected courier fraud, but thankfully there are steps that we can all take to protect ourselves from the crime. This includes never giving out your card details, PIN or bank card to anyone and ending any suspicious calls immediately before reporting the incident.
“Please remember, the police would not cold call about a suspected offence, the banks will never suggest for you to hand your card to a courier and the banks and police would never ask for your PIN or bank card
“We have noted that recent incidents have been primarily targeted at the elderly and vulnerable members of society, and while they are not the only victims of the crime, we would like to urge everybody to pass on this message to their parents, grandparents and elderly neighbours.
“By spreading the message we can aim to stamp out fraud and protect more people from falling victim to the crime.”
If you think that you have been a victim of fraud, contact the non-emergency number for Derbyshire police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Report any suspicious incidents to the police immediately by phoning 101 or 999 if the crime is in action.