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Courier Fraud

Alert message sent 01/09/2016 11:33:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

There has been an increase in the Courier Fraud scam in Beaconsfield over the past months with the elderly as the obvious target.  A male calls the victim pretending to be a police officer.  The suspect will tell the victim that their bank is under suspicion and they need the victim to go and withdraw cash so they can check the serial numbers for counterfeit notes.  The victim is told not to discuss it with anyone as 'no one can be trusted'.  The victim goes into the bank and if the bank do not intervene, cash is withdrawn taken home and after reading out the serial numbers to the suspect he confirms the notes are counterfeit.  A courier then arrives at their home to collect the money. 

The above is the general scam.  It may change slightly but the need for secrecy is the key. 

Fortunately most of our banks are very switched on and have alerted us to these scams which is usually the first we hear of it. However the impact on the victim, even if they haven't actually parted with their money, is huge. 

Please pass this message on to anyone you may think may be vulnerable to scammers or any carers, friends or relatives who could be reminded about the possible threat of being scammed and what to look out for.

  • If you receive a call from the police or a bank then get the details of the caller and call the police or the bank back on their main number.  NEVER use the same phone.   The fraudster will leave the line open, sometimes for hours, so do not be tempted to use the same phone.  The police main number is 101 from anywhere you dial in the UK.  It will put you through to the local force. To get a different force just go through the options.
  • The police will NEVER ask you to withdraw money. 
  • The police will NEVER send a 'courier' to pick up money.
  • The police or bank with NEVER ask you to keep it secret. 
  • The police or bank NEVER need your PIN number or 3 digit security number.
Please pass this on to everyone you know.


Lucy Price
PS 3243
Neighbourhood sergeant

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Lucy Price (Police, Sergeant, Chiltern & South Bucks LPA)

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