Police warning after Nottinghamshire pensioner conned out of nearly £10,000 by fraudsters
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Scammers posing as police officers and bank officials have tricked residents into handing over thousands of pounds – after spending hours duping them over the phone.
Courier fraud comes in many forms and usually involves fraudsters telephoning a potential victim, claiming to be from their bank, the police, or another law enforcement authority.
The most common forms of courier fraud are bank card expiry, purchasing high-end items, a counterfeit cash or bank investigation or computer or internet provider issues.
Detective Sergeant Tara Clapperton, of Nottinghamshire Police’s fraud protect and prevent team, has urged people to be vigilant against scams.
She said: “These fraudsters can be very persuasive and use a variety of tactics to convince you to withdraw cash, transfer money or hand over bank cards.
"We've had one case recently where a fraudster targeted a 77-year-old lady in a phone call that lasted for four hours.
"This shows just how devious these fraudsters are becoming and we are seeing an increasing number of victims who have been emotionally manipulated to lower their defences.
“It is really important people remain vigilant against these cold-hearted crimes.
"Bank accounts can be emptied in minutes and life savings lost.
"This places enormous stress on families and ruins people’s lives.
“Victims are typically elderly, as in these cases, and we are asking anyone with an elderly relative, loved one, friend or associate to please make them aware of this type of scam.
"The police and banks will never call you out of the blue and ask you to withdraw money or transfer any funds.
“Likewise, the police will also never ask you to take part in an investigation.
“If the person on the phone asks you not to tell anyone about what they’re saying to you, this is another sign that you are being scammed and you should tell a trusted family member or friend.
“If in any doubt, hang up and contact the police or your bank yourself.
"The police can be contacted by calling 101 and your bank can be contacted using the phone number on the back of your bank card.”