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Courier Frauds 10 June Police Appeal for Witnesses

Alert message sent 11/06/2020 23:06:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

Thames valley Police is warning residents to be vigilant following recent incidents of Courier Fraud.
On Wednesday 10 June local officers dealt with two separate Fraud offences in which the elderly victims, one from Old Farm Drive, Bracknell and the other from Sandhurst Road, Wokingham, were phoned by persons claiming to be police officers of high rank, investigating suspicious cash in the victims accounts. They then asked for the victims to withdraw large sums of money from their accounts and to pass it to a Courier who would attend their home so that the notes could be checked to ensure they were legitimate.
Unfortunately in both cases the fraudsters were successful in convincing the victims to comply.
If you saw any suspicious individuals or vehicles in the vicinity of either location during the morning/ early afternoon of Wednesday 10 June, you are requested to contact Thames Valley Police on 101 quote investigation 43200172516.
Scammers frequently emphasise the need for the victim’s discretion and tell them they cannot speak to friends or family due to it being part of an ongoing investigation, and tell them they cannot even speak to staff at their bank as they are not trustworthy and are being investigated. This is designed to isolate the victim.
 To ensure you do not fall prey to this type of scam, BE REASSURED AND REMEMBER  that in no circumstances would any bank, or the police ask you to take such actions. These types of request will only come from a fraudster.
Under no circumstances divulge your 4 digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) to anyone.
Thames Valley Police is calling on friends and family to help tackle the problem by talking to elderly or vulnerable friends and relatives, assuring them that;
They should never deal with cold callers either on the phone or in person no matter how polite or friendly they seem. Saying “No thank you” and shutting the door or hanging up the phone is not rude.

Their bank, the police or anyone legitimate will never send a courier to their home to collect bank cards or cash and they will never ask for your PIN number.

Legitimate callers will never try to rush them, scare you, or force them into anything. If they feel scared or pressured at any point, hang up or shut the door and tell someone what’s happened.

If you have suspicions about a caller claiming to be a Police Officer, ask for their shoulder number and base station. Then ring 101 (the Police National Non Emergency contact number) from a different phone , as the fraudsters will often keep your line open even if you think you’ve hung up. Thames Valley Police contact centre staff will be able to verify if a caller is genuine, and assist you if the incident is an apparent fraud.

If you receive this type of call, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or via their website. In an emergency dial 999.
Please feel free to circulate this message and advice to friends on social media.
For more information visit Thames Valley Police protecting your home section of the website
Message sent by
Jon Morris (Police, Administrator, Bracknell)

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