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The force's fraud team is this week supporting a national drive to tackle courier fraud.
Operation Radium is a nationwide initiative to disrupt criminals who target victims through courier fraud, and gather more intelligence around the organised crime groups behind the scams.
Courier fraud involves victims receiving a phone call from a criminal pretending to be from the police or another official organisation such as a bank.
The fraudster claims there is an issue with the victim's bank account, or request the victim's help in an ongoing bank or police investigation.
Victims - many of whom are elderly or vulnerable - are then asked to withdraw a large sum of money which will be collected by a courier for 'evidence'. Other versions of the scam have seen victims told to withdraw large amounts of foreign currency, or purchase high value items such as watches.
This week, our officers will be supporting Operation Radium in a number of ways, including circulating courier fraud information leaflets in local communities and also raising awareness among the region's taxi drivers, who may unknowingly become part of the scam by driving a courier to a victim's home or a victim to the bank.
SYP Fraud Protect Officer Andy Foster, from the force's fraud team, said: "The victims of courier fraud tend to be elderly or vulnerable people, who are left heartbroken that someone has betrayed their trust in such a cruel scheme to steal their money.
"Residents in South Yorkshire are no more or less likely to become a victim of courier fraud than people anywhere else in the country, which is why the word needs to be spread far and wide to ensure we can protect ourselves and each other."

We urge people in our community to be extremely suspicious of unsolicited phone calls from their bank or the police - and don't think it is authentic simply because the person on the other end of the phone knows basic personal details like their name or address.
"If someone thinks they are on the phone to a fraudster, they should hang up the phone straightaway and then call back their bank, or the police, on a different phone line or mobile. If they can't do that, wait at least 30 minutes before calling. They should use the telephone number on their bank card or for police dial 101."
Reports of courier fraud should be made to Action Fraud on 0330 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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Jane Hamill (Police,PCSO,Doncaster East)

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