Scam Awareness - Courier Fraud

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Scam Awareness
Recently Cheshire Police have seen an increase in scam and fraudulent incidents  being reported. One scam which is concerning it what we call ‘ Courier Fraud  ‘
Courier Fraud is when a scammer makes contact with the victim this can be  via telephone, email or phone . They claim to be from reputable organisations like The Police or  Your Bank.
There are many variations of this fraud like for example…..
BANK - Scammer rings you claiming to be from your bank saying a fraudulent payment has been spotted on your card and this needs resolving. They will ask for you to ring the number for your bank – This convinces you that the call is genuine , However the scammer keeps the phone line open at their end so when you make the call you are unknowingly connected straight back to them or their colleagues.  

They will ask for your PIN number .

The scammer then sends a courier or taxi to pick up your card from your home. It is possible the driver does not know they are being used as part of the scam.

POLICE – Scammer makes contact and states that there is a corrupt member of staff within your bank, Post office or bureau de change and the police need your help to identify them.

You may be asked to withdraw a large sum of your money with the purposes of the money being marked by the police or bank to be placed back into the banking system. They say this will help them identify the corrupt person. On handing the cash over it is taken by the scammers.

Another variation is being asked to purchase an expensive watch, or other high value item, to try and identify counterfeit goods. You will then be told to hand this item to a taxi driver for transfer to the police. The item is then passed to the scammer.
To help protect yourself or family members please read the following advice ..
REMEMBER -  Your bank or the police will NEVER  ask for your PIN, your bank card or for you to withdraw money.
CAUTION –      NEVER share your PIN with anyone, The only times you should use your PIN is at a cash machine or chip n pin.
THINK –            NEVER hand your bank card or any goods you have purchased as a result of a phone call to anyone who       
            Comes to your door.
INVESTIGATE – If you think you have been a victim of this scam, Call the police !

Please if you have concerns either ring 101, contact an officer via the Cheshire police website or message ourselves via our social media pages.

Kind regards

PCSO Nichola Devey  
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Nichola Devey (Police, PCSO, Northwich)

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