Fraud advice

Alert message sent 20/12/2019 09:33:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Good morning,

Due to a spike in Courier frauds we are emailing to advice members of the public to remain aware.
Courier fraud is when the offender pretends to be a Police Officer conducting covert investigation into local banks, they will then arrange for the victim to attend the bank where they wil be asked to withdraw up to £10k. This will then be collect at either the bank or their home address.

Here are some key ways to ensure you don't become the latest victim:

1: If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a police officer ask for their collar number and contact 101, they will be able to tell you if the officer is genuine and that they called you. Genuine officers won't have any issues with you checking their identity. If it turns out that the person isn't genuine you will be able to report it while on the phone with 101.

2: Officers won't ask for you to attend a bank and withdraw funds or ask for bank details, while over the phone.

3: If an Officers attends your address they will have a Police ID, if you aren't expecting a visit always ask to see the persons ID. Before you check that they are who they say they are don't let them into the property, once again contact 101 and check to see if the Officer is genuine.

If you ever suspect that a person you are on the phone with or the person at your front door isn't who they say they are, always ask for ID and the company that they work for. Don't take any numbers that they give you to call, go onto the Internet and search for the companies phone number and call using that number.

If you have concerns contact 101 or your local PCSO.
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Jamie Barlow (Cheshire Police, PCSO, Crewe East)

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