POLICE OFFICER IMPERSONATION COURIER FRAUD
* Offenders cold call posing a Police Officer, usually a detective from a Police Station in London. - Several characters may be involved to convince the victim they are genuine.
* They convince the victim that there is a corrupt official / counterfeit currency at their bank and ask them to assist with a “sting” operation.
* They provide a cover story and an amount of cash to be withdrawn.
* They send a taxi to take the victim to the bank and back.
* They stay on the phone and tell the victim how to answer questions from the bank.
* They tell the victim how to package the money.
* They then attend the victim’s home address, or send a courier, to recover the cash. - In some cases victims have been asked to travel elsewhere in the country to hand over cash.
* The Police will never ask people to withdraw money from their bank account.
* The police will never ask members of the public to assist them with operations.
* Hang up and wait five minutes before calling the police / bank on a trusted number. - Fraudsters may stay on the line after you hang up. A different line should be used if possible.
Report the matter immediately to the police on 101, or 999 is you think you have met the Fraudster.