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Scam Alert

Alert message sent 19/02/2020 12:05:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary


Have you heard of courier fraud?
 
We want to alert residents to a scam where someone pretending to be a police officer calls your home phone and tells you your account is subject to fraud. They say that you must withdraw the money immediately and move it to protect it from being stolen out of your account. They then send someone round to your house to collect the cash in person.
 
Sadly, this happens all over the country. But in the last two days, two elderly people living in Chandler’s Ford have been targeted.
 
On Monday 17 February an 80-year-old man lost £3200 and on Tuesday 18 February, an 80-year-old woman lost £3400 to the fraudsters.
 
The scammers often say they are from a police station in London, that they are working undercover and that there is fraudulent activity on your account, when in fact it is them scamming you.
 
They ask for your help to stop it from happening and they are very convincing.
 
We want to remind people that a police officer would never call you and ask you for money. No one, not even someone your bank, would call you and ask you for your financial details or ask you to withdraw cash.
 
A short film from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, explains courier fraud here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkyFppZwitA
 
Look out for elderly relatives and friends, and remember
 
• Police officers will never call people in this way and ask you to withdraw money or disclose personal or financial information. If someone does do this, please hang up – it will be a scam. 
 
• Consider contacting your telephone provider to get a free call-blocking service if you are getting unsolicited calls. 
 
• If you are a friend, relative or carer of someone you think might be vulnerable to this type of scam, please speak to them about this advice. You might be the only person who can stop them from being scammed. 
 
If you or someone you know has been a victim of fraud, report it to us by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, dial 999. 
 
You can make yourself aware of this type of scam and how to protect yourself by visiting the Action Fraud website (https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/) or by calling them on 0300 123 2040.
 
Message sent by
Marisa Charles (Police, Corporate Communications Officer, Hampshire)

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