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Phone courier "police" scammers targeting elderly in Birmingham
SCAMMERS who pretend to be police officers in order to trick people into handing over their bank cards to a fake courier are targeting the elderly in Birmingham.

Three people are known to have been approached since the start of October prompting police to issue a warning to older people across the area.

In all three crimes one of the tricksters has called claiming to be a PC Miller based at Holborn police station in London and have even quoted a fictional police officer ID number of 3553.

They have then told their victims that they have two men in custody and that they have found a cloned bank card containing their personal details. The man has then told them to contact their bank immediately in order to ensure that no money has been withdrawn from their account.

But the thieves jam the telephone, meaning that when the victims have called their bank, they have actually spoken to the same fraudster who called them in the first place. It means the target of the scam has unwittingly disclosed their bank details to the fraudster.

At this point, the offender has claimed to need the original bank card as evidence and has offered to send a courier to the victims address to collect it. Once this has been done, the cards have been used along with the PIN numbers to withdraw as much cash as possible.

Despite three people being contacted in the West Midlands, two fraud savvy pensioners refused to fall for the con and wouldnt give their details even when pushed by the callous crooks.

Detective Inspector Neil Postins, from West Midlands Polices Economic Crime Unit, said: We know that these highly organised thieves are specifically targeting older people in and around Birmingham.

This is what we refer to as a courier scam and is something we have seen used in other parts of the country for a number of years. Whilst some of the elements of the method may vary, the concept tends to remain the same and it is vital that people remain vigilant against this type of activity.

If youve got elderly relatives or neighbours, please make sure they are aware of this scam and remind them never to disclose their bank details or hand over their cards to anyone who theyre not sure is legitimate.

Protect yourself against courier fraud:

Your bank will never send a courier to your home
Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN
If you receive one of these calls end it immediately

If youve been a victim:

Report it to Action Fraud call 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.
If you have handed over any details to the fraudster, call your bank and cancel your cards immediately.
If you want to call your bank, then do it from another telephone
Posted On:  10 October, 2013
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