THERE have been further reports of suspected attempted courier fraud reported to West Mercia Police this afternoon, after three residents in Redditch received suspicious telephone calls.
Just after 12.30pm, a woman received a call purporting to be from the ‘Scotland Yard Special Fraud Squad’, asking questions about her bank details. No bank details were disclosed.
At around 3.20pm, police received another call from a resident who reported they have received suspicious telephone calls this week asking for their bank details. No bank details were disclosed and no money was taken.
At approximately 3.30pm, we received a further call from a woman who had been contacted by telephone by someone purporting to be from the ‘Serious Fraud Office’. No bank details were given and no money was exchanged.
Police are continuing to investigate these offences under Operation Ardent and are working with banks to ensure that elderly and vulnerable people are not withdrawing their money and handing it over to fraudsters.
Please continue to share the following advice with neighbours, friends and relatives:
• The police and bank would never ask for your PIN, send a courier to collect your card or ask you to leave cash in a public place.
• Never transfer money to an account of someone you don’t know and don’t be pressured into withdrawing money, or leaving it unattended.
• If you get a suspicious call, hang up and phone the police using a different phone.
• Never give out details of bank accounts to anyone you don’t know.
• Report any suspicious activity to police on 101, or 999 if crime in action.