Bromley safer neighbourhood teams to warn residents on Courier Fraud Awareness Day

PUBLISHED: 09:57 20 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:57 20 March 2013

Safer neighbourhood teams across Bromley will today warn elderly residents about the dangers of fraudsters using courier firms to scam cash from victims.

Officers will be handing out flyers to homes and giving presentations across the borough to mark the London wide Courier Fraud Awareness Day.

They will also be visiting cab and courier firms to advise them on spotting fraudsters who may use them to collect victim’s bank cards as part of scams.

In the past two years courier fraud has claimed 2,229 victims in London, with 54 of those coming from Bromley.

The fraud works by suspects telephoning victims and claiming to be someone from the police, bank or Serious Fraud Office.

People are convinced to reveal their PIN, usually by typing it on their keypad, before an unwitting courier or taxi collects the victim’s bank card which is then used to empty their account.

Since January 2011, police in London have arrested 130 fraudsters and charged 93, including two brothers who have been jailed for more than 10 years after they defrauded 200 victims of almost £250,000.

Cdr Steve Rodhouse, of the Metropolitan Police, said: “Courier fraudsters put a huge amount of time and effort into being convincing because for them the pay-off is immense. This is a massive part of what makes them so successful.

““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.”

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