With ‘Courier Fraud’ claiming over 2,000 victims across the country in the last two years, Sadiq Khan MP is working with Ofcom to warn elderly and vulnerable people about phone scams and remind them that they should never give their PIN or bank card to anyone.
‘Courier fraud’ sees fraudsters telephoning you claiming to be from an authority, usually the bank or the police or the Serious Fraud Office. They tell you that your bank has been compromised and that they need to collect your card.
In order to reassure you that they are genuine, they suggest you hang up and ring your bank/police straight back. However, they don’t disconnect the call and so when you dial the banks real phone number, you’re actually still speaking to the fraudster or their accomplice.
They then ask for your pin number and send a taxi/courier to collect you bank card. With your pin and bankcard they can then empty your bank account.
Police estimate that UK consumers have been defrauded out of millions of pounds, with one victim losing £155,000.
Sadiq is advising Tooting residents that police and banks will never ask you for your PIN or bank card and if someone contacts you asking for these, hang up. You should then report it to the police and dial 101 using a different phone line or allow at least five minutes for the line to automatically clear. Alternatively, you should call 999 if the crime is in action.
Sadiq Khan MP said,
“It is important that we spread this information to as many people as possible – so the people of Tooting know not to give their PIN or bank details to anyone.
“Courier Fraud is a terrible crime which targets the most vulnerable members of our community. It is important that people know how this scam works and that people make their friends and family, especially the elderly, aware and tell them what to do if they are targeted.”