Teens convicted of targeting Beckenham woman in courier scam

PUBLISHED: 09:33 18 September 2013 | UPDATED: 09:33 18 September 2013

A pair of teenagers were sentenced last week after targeting a Beckenham woman in a courier scam.

A 15-year-old boy, from Tower Hamlets, pleaded guilty to fraud and possession of drugs at Bromley Youth Court, and was sentenced to a nine month referral to the Hackney Youth Offender Panel and fined £100.

His 17-year-old accomplice, also from Tower Hamlets, pleaded guilty to fraud and was sentenced to a 12 month referral order, as well as a 12 week curfew and is required to complete 100 hours unpaid work.

Both were arrested on July 10 after targeting a 67-year-old woman, in Beckenham, who became suspicious and contacted police.

A courier scam works by convincing the victim they are receiving a call from their bank, before convincing them to hand over their PIN and agreeing to have a courier, or minicab, collect their bank card.

Officers stopped a minicab from ‘Brick Lane Taxis’ after it left the scene, and arrested both youths and the minicab driver on suspicion of fraud.

The 41-year-old minicab driver was later released without charge.

Det Insp Louise Knipe, of Bromley Police, 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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