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Courier Fraud Scam in Oxford

Alert message sent 01/10/2020 14:24:00

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Thames Valley Police warn against scams.

Yesterday (30/9) we received a report of a courier fraud offence in Oxford. The victim, an elderly woman, was contacted by someone posing as a police officer saying ”he had arrested a member of staff at the bank and needed her help to gather evidence for the investigation”.
 
They asked the victim to go to her bank and withdraw an amount of cash instructing her not to disclose what the money was for if banking staff ask.
 
The cash was then collected by a courier from the victim’s property within a few hours.
 
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 to help with an investigation.
- Ask you to transfer money out of your account.
 
These criminals target the elderly and most vulnerable people in our communities. Their ultimate aim is to get hold of cash and/or your bank details. Please look out for your neighbours and loved ones.
 
The Banking Protocol trains bank staff to spot when someone is about to fall victim to a scam and try to prevent them from withdrawing cash to give a fraudster, the bank will then request an immediate police response to the branch.
 
If a member of staff at the bank asks you WHY you are withdrawing a large amount of cash, Please tell them as they are trying to protect you.
 
More information about current fraud and scams can be found on the Action Fraud website - www.actionfraud.police.uk or Tel: 03001232040
 
 
Message sent by
Michelle Beahan (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Oxford LPA)

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