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Courier Fraud Scam in Oxford

Alert message sent 31/01/2020 13:23:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


On Wednesday (29/1) an 80-year-old resident from Oxford received a phone call from a man purporting to be a Metropolitan Police Officer, the officer claimed he had arrested a man who had the woman's bank card and that someone would call back later.

Later the woman received a call from someone claiming to be a Police Officer from Didcot Police Station. The fraudster told the woman she was required to go to the bank and withdraw an amount of cash and that someone would collect the cash later that evening.

At 6pm a man arrived pretending to be a police officer, he took the cash and said that someone would pick her up the next day at 10am to take her to court.
No one came to collect the woman the next morning.
The offender is described as an Asian man in his 30’s, 5’8, medium build, short dark hair wearing a dark over coat.

Fraudsters continue to call residents in order to carry out their scams.  The fraudsters often claim to be Police Officer’s calling from various Police stations.
They claim to have a suspect in custody and ask you to visit your bank and withdraw an amount of cash and return home placing the money in envelope.

Shortly after you have returned home a courier will arrive to collect the envelope containing the cash. The fraudster says he will call back later to take a statement, by the time you become suspicious the fraudster is long gone.


Please remember the following:           
The Police or the Bank will NEVER ask for bank details, your PIN or ask you to visit the bank to withdraw cash over the phone.              
NEVER give your bank cards or your PIN to anyone.
If you receive one of these calls HANG UP immediately.


Always call 999 if the crime is in action or report frauds to Action Fraud Email: www.actionfraud.police.uk Tel: 03001232040
 
Message sent by
Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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