Posted on 22nd May 2014
Police are urging Derbyshire residents to remain vigilant following further reports of suspected courier fraud.
A victim living at a property in Derby received a phone call from a man purporting to be a police officer from the London area.
The man stated that the victim’s credit and debit cards had been stolen and that an offender was in custody in relation to this. The victim was then advised to pass on their card details and PIN in order for the offender to be interviewed. They were then advised that a courier would later attend the address to collect the cards.
The victim subsequently handed over their bank cards to the courier who visited the address later that day. Derbyshire officers attended the property and advised that all bank cards to be immediately cancelled.
The incident took place at around 3pm on Sunday, May 18.
In recent weeks, police have received a number of reports from residents living in the Derby area relating to courier fraud, all of which follow a similar scenario.
Detective Inspector Rob King, Head of the Derbyshire Constabulary Economic Crime Unit, said: “Fraudsters are finding new ways to target their victims and this is a particularly sophisticated fraud.
“Not only does the fraudster deceive the victim but they also arrange for someone to attend their home address to collect a credit or debit card. They now have the PIN, the card and an appetite for shopping on their bank account.
“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.”
Officers are urging Derbyshire residents to never give out their card details, PIN or bank card to anyone and to always end any suspicious calls immediately before reporting the incident.
For more advice around fraud and to watch an example of this scam in action, visit the dedicated Stamp out Fraud webpage.
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.