It's good to see that the Police and banks are doing something positive about this despicable crime, very often perpetrated against the elderly and vulnerable.
If you know someone elderly, who lives alone, it is important you remind them that the bank or police will never call and ask for:
- a full PIN or banking password
- the withdrawal of money
- the transfer of money.
Courier fraud is when fraudsters call a victim, pretending to be a police officer or bank official, warning that there are corrupt bank staff intent on stealing the victim’s money. Typically, the caller then tells the victim to withdraw a sum of money and a courier is sent to collect it. Sometimes they will insist the victim purchases a high value item, such as a designer handbag or watch, instead of handing over cash. Fraudsters specifically target older people, exploiting their trust in the police and their bank to bleed them dry. Victims are most likely to be women aged over 80.