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Protect Yourself from Courier Fraud

Alert message sent 11/08/2020 11:35:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police

We have seen a recent increase in reports of attempted “courier fraud” offences in Oxford, with elderly or otherwise vulnerable people the most common targets. Criminals typically carry out courier fraud by cold calling the victim, purporting to be a police officer or bank official to gain their trust. The fraudsters will then claim there’s an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation.

The ultimate aim of this call is to trick them into handing over money or their bank details.

Common techniques used by the fraudsters include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash from the bank and not to discuss this with anyone, including the bank or the police.
In all cases, a “courier” will then come and pick up the cash and bank card, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.

Behind all of the clever tricks and ever-changing narratives, there are a few basic recurring elements that are common across many frauds, including courier fraud.

Here’s what you need to remember.
Your bank or the police will never

- Call and ask you for your full PIN or full banking password.
- Ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them.
- Ask you to transfer money out of your account.

It pays to stop and think any time you receive a request for personal or financial information.

Remember, if you feel uncomfortable or unsure about what you’re being asked to do, never hesitate to contact your bank or financial service provider directly, using a number you trust, such as the one listed on your bank statements or on the back of your card. Alternatively, discuss the incident with a trusted friend or family member and get their advice on whether you should go through with any action relating to your finances.

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Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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