Bromley’s elderly and vulnerable targeted by spate of ‘courier scams’ over past week

PUBLISHED: 14:27 11 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:27 11 July 2013

Fraudsters are continuing to target the borough’s elderly and vulnerable with a series of ‘courier scams’ over the past week, according to Bromley Police.

The con artists will typically call a home posing as a police officer or bank staff, claiming a fraudulent payment has been spotted on the victim’s card.

After suggesting the card be replaced, the victim is asked to ring back using the number printed on the back of their bank card.

However, the fraudsters keep the phone line open, meaning the victim is unwittingly connected straight back to them despite enterting a new number.

Now posing as a member of staff at their bank, the victim is conned into handing over their card details and PIN.

An innocent courier company or taxi driver is then sent to collect the victim’s ‘cancelled’ card and hands over a new, fake card in its place.

The fraudster is then armed with the victim’s name, address, full bank details, PIN and the card itself.

Det Insp Louise Knipe, of Bromley Police’s CID, said: “These courier fraudsters put a huge amount of time and effort into being convincing because for them the pay-off is immense.

“We want people to question even truly genuine sounding calls and, most importantly, remember police and banks will never ask for your PIN or bank card, so you should never give these away. They will also never ask for money or send a courier to collect a card.

“If you do receive such a call, hang the phone up immediately”.

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