Renewed Warning Over Courier Scam in Dorset
7:40am 9th June 2014
(Updated 7:41am 9th June 2014)
It's a scam which saw one Weymouth pensioner hand over £26,000 pounds.
Dorset Police have joined forces with the regional crime unit in an operation to warn us about courier fraud.
The fraudsters pretend they're from the Police and are persuading elderly people to draw out cash which is then given to a taxi driver.
They scammers are targeting the South West, but there have been 68 cases in Dorset alone.
Another scam involves someone claiming to be a police officer based in London, who informs the potential victim that people have been arrested in the capital and they had in their possession bank cards which contained details of the victim.
The victim is asked to call the police to verify the matter.
However, the fraudster does not replace his phone; the unsuspecting victim is still speaking to the fraudster. They are encouraged to provide private banking details and may also be asked to withdraw cash.
Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard from the Economic Crime Unit offers this advice: "We all know someone who could fall victim to this sort of fraud, so it is vital that we work together as a community to make sure the message gets out to everyone - don't give your personal details or PIN number to anyone, and make sure you always verify the identity of a caller before speaking to them.
"If we all help to spread the word and look out for our family, friends and neighbours, this kind of fraud can be prevented."
The are also appealing to taxi owners to be vigilant, especially if asked to courier small packages to London for elderly people."
If you think you have been a victim of fraud or you are suspicious of a caller, report it to Dorset Police on 101 or contact the dedicated Action Fraud team on 0300 123 2040.