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Bromley police warn vulnerable people about fraudsters

PUBLISHED: 08:47 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 08:47 29 October 2014

Leaflets are warning residents about courier scams.

Leaflets are warning residents about courier scams.

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Residents are being warned about courier scams.

PCSOs from Bromley’s safer neighbourhood teams have been delivering leaflets to households across the borough as part of Operation Sequence, which aims to raise awareness around various scams.

More than 1,000 leaflets were posted through doors during the first day of the operation.

Local cab firms were also visited and given advice about what to watch out for.

Courier fraud is a scam where vulnerable people are cold called by someone claiming to be from their bank or the police, stating that they have spotted a fraudulent payment on their card.

The victim may be asked to phone the bank or police back to make the call seem genuine, but the fraudster keeps the telephone line open so the victim is unknowingly connected straight back to them. The victim is asked to provide their full bank details and key in their PIN so that their existing card can be “cancelled” and their new one “activated”.

The fraudster will then explain that the bank will need to collect the card and will attend the person’s address to collect it.

The perpetrator has then obtained the victim’s name, address, full bank details, the card itself and the PIN to be used fraudulently.

Det Insp Linda Leicester said: “You should never give these away.

“These courier fraudsters put a huge amount of time and effort into being convincing because for them the pay-off is immense.”

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