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Courier Fraud Alert

Alert message sent 18/02/2020 20:52:00

Information sent on behalf of Gloucestershire Constabulary

**Please be aware of fraudsters targeting elderly and vulnerable victims are operating in your area**

Courier Fraud occurs when a fraudster contacts victims by telephone claiming to be a police officer, bank official or work for the government including HMRC. The caller sounds plausible and may confirm the victim's name and address, basic information which could be obtained easily.

In some instances, after trust has been gained, the fraudster will claim money has been withdrawn from the victim's account by staff within the bank. They persuade them to go to their local branch to take out a large some of money from their account. The fraudsters then send someone to collect the money from the victim's home address.

The police or banks would not contact people in this way. If you get a call like this hang up. If you need to contact your bank to check wait five minutes as fraudsters can stay on the live even after you have hung up, or use a different line altogether. Your bank cards are yours and never let them be used by others.

We are asking people to remain vigilant. If you have elderly neighbours or relatives who don't access our community alerts please advise them of these incidents.

Further advice about the scam can be found on the Action Fraud website - https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/a-z-of-fraud/courier-fraud

Kind regards

PC Johnson and PCSO Upton
Stroud Neighbourhood Team

Remember, we're unable to accept reports of crime through Your Neighbourhood Alerts. If you need to report something please call 101 or report online: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/do-it-online/report-a-crime-or-provide-information-anonymously/

Always call 999 in an emergency
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Natalie Johnson (Police, PC, Stroud NPT)

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