Courier Fraud Please spread the information especially to the elderly vulnerable

Alert message sent 29/01/2020 14:29:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Good afternoon,
we are sending this alert to ALL of our users due to the increase in this kind of crime.

We hope you are well.  Please can you read, understand and then pass on the following information to any friends, relatives and others but especially the elderly vulnerable members of the community as, from our statistics, this group is being targetted?

Victims in Cheshire have lost almost £100k in the month of December to Courier Fraudsters. The average age of victims is 75 to 89 years old and mainly female. These are some of our most vulnerable victims.

Courier Fraud is committed by Organised Crime Groups (OCGs). It typically occurs when a suspect contacts victims by telephone purporting to be the Police or bank staff. The victim is persuaded to co-operate with an ‘operation’ designed to gather evidence or identify offenders responsible for a fictional offence.

Victims are requested to withdraw money from their bank, purchase an expensive item, provide their bank card/details to assist with the operation. The money or item is then handed over to a ‘courier’ who attends the victim’s address or meets them nearby. This is on the promise that the money or item will be returned or compensation provided.

Please, initially do not continue with the call if you were not expecting it. If you do continue on the call YOU should take control of the conversation.  You can ask them details and say you will check the information being given with a friend or relative then Hang up the call.
Under NO circumstances agree to any kind of "help" the caller may be asking for. DO NOT give out any personal details.  Don't be alarmed if they know some basic details but do not add any more no matter how convincing they appear.

If you are a victim of fraud and that crime is in progress and you need immediate assistance then call 999.
If it is a non-emergency situation call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
You can report fraud and check for more advice and information online via the Action Fraud website on

To find out further information on how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud see

thank you
PCSO 9489
Stephen Marnick

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Stephen Marnick (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU Outer PCSO)

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