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Courier fraud scam alert

Alert message sent 15/03/2021 11:22:00

Information sent on behalf of Notts Police

Nottinghamshire Police is warning members of the public to watch out for a rise in courier fraud scams in the county last month.

During the incidents the victims have received a call from someone claiming to be a police officer who’s investigating counterfeit currency or fraudulent use of the victim’s bank card.

The caller tells them not to talk to anyone else about the call as it may jeopardise the police investigation.
They then try to persuade the victim to withdraw a large sum of money, purchase gift cards, or purchase foreign currency or expensive jewelry / watches.

A 'courier' is then sent to the victim’s home address to collect the cash / items.

Scammers have also been spoofing telephone numbers to make calls appear genuine. Spoofing is a technique that scammers use which means they can choose any telephone number they like to appear on your Caller ID. In some recent cases, the Nottinghamshire Police 0115 telephone number has been used.

Detective Sergeant Anna Haynes said: "We are urging people to share this amongst friends and family. Not everyone has access to the internet, so people do tell neighbours and relatives about these types of scams. If you receive such a call you should not give out any personal information and hang up immediately. We stress that no police officers will ever call you out of the blue asking for personal information, including bank account details. A police officer would never ask you to withdraw money or purchase high value items such as gold or watches as part of an investigation. If you receive a phone call like this please report it to the police immediately and inform Action Fraud."

You can report fraud online via the Action Fraud website or on 0300 123 2040.
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Fiona Price (Police, Staff, Nottinghamshire)

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