Fraud Alert

Alert message sent 05/07/2018 21:53:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

FRAUD ALERT

POLICE OFFICER IMPERSONATION COURIER FRAUD

The Scam:

  • Offenders cold call posing a Police Officer, usually a detective from a Police Station in London. Several characters may be involved to convince the victim they are genuine.
  • They convince the victim that there is a corrupt official/ counterfeit currency at their bank and ask them to assist with a “sting” operation.
  • They provide a cover story and an amount of cash to be withdrawn.
  • They send a taxi to take the victim to the bank and back.
  • They stay on the phone and tell the victim how to answer questions from the bank.
  • They tell the victim how to package the money.
  • They then attend the victim’s home address, or send a courier, to recover the cash. In some cases victims have been asked to travel elsewhere in the country to hand over cash.
  • Protect Yourself:

  • The Police will never ask people to withdraw money from their bank account.
  • The police will never ask members of the public to assist them with operations.
  • Hang up and wait five minutes before calling the police/ bank on a trusted number. Fraudsters may stay on the line after you hang up. A different line should be used if possible.
  • Report the matter immediately to the police on 101, or 999 is you think you have met the Fraudster.
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Karen Watson (Police, PCSO, Macclesfield LPU PCSO)

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