Residents are urged to be on guard against parcel delivery scam

Monday, 27th April 2015

STAFFORDSHIRE police have issued a warning to residents after several incidents in the past month where a man posing as a parcel delivery driver has tricked residents into giving their card details.

So far, police have received reports of incidents in Tamworth, Lichfield and Burton but have warned that the offender could strike anywhere. All of the victims targeted so far are elderly and live alone.

Please advise your neighbours, friends and relatives so they don’t fall victim to this scam.

The suspect poses as a parcel delivery driver wearing a convincing uniform and claims there is an outstanding delivery charge for a parcel which must be paid by card. The householder is asked to insert their card and input their PIN into a device while the ‘delivery man’ watches.

After the payment fails he claims the card reader is broken and tells the victim the card must be removed with a special tool he has in his van. He takes the card reader and card to his van and never returns. Equipped with the card and pin the driver can help himself to the victim’s bank account.

The offender is described as being white, in his early 20s about 5ft 10 ins tall with fair hair and a fair complexion. He was wearing a black fleece with an emblem.

Officers are urging people to be on their guard, not to use their debit cards to pay fees for any unexpected parcels, and to report any suspicious activity immediately by ringing 101 or 999 in an emergency.