Courier Fraud - Be Aware message from the Police
Headbourne Worthy Parish Council
What is courier fraud?
Fraudsters telephone a potential victim, claiming to be from their bank, the police or another law enforcement authority. They then trick the person into revealing their PIN and agreeing to hand over their debit or credit card.
What should I look out for?
Calls where someone claims to be from your bank or the police. They may say that a fraudulent payment has been spotted on your card, or that someone has been arrested using your details and cards.
They may then ask you to ring back using the phone number on the back of your card. This is to make you believe that the call is genuine. But the fraudster keeps the line open at their end, so you are actually connected straight back to them or an accomplice.
They will ask for your PIN, or sometimes ask you to key it into your phone’s handset.
The scammer then sends a courier or taxi to pick up your card from your home. It is possible the driver does not know they are being used as part of the scam. Once they have your card and PIN, the scammer can spend your money.
What should I do if this happens to me, or someone I know?
If you have given the fraudster any details, you need to call your bank to cancel your cards. Either use a different phone, or wait at least ten minutes before calling, so that the fraudsters will be disconnected from the line.
Report it to Action Fraud or to the police by calling 101.
Your bank will never send a courier to your home
Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card
Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN
If you receive one of these calls, end it immediately
Report a fraud
Need to report a potential fraud? Call 0300 123 2040 or visit the Action Fraud website.
Belinda Baker, Parish Clerk
- 07770 406607
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