Two reports of ‘Courier Fraud’ scam in Amington

January 8, 2015

STAFFORDSHIRE Police have received reports of two incidents of courier fraud in Amington this evening.

Police in Tamworth have received two separate reports of the ‘Courier Fraud’ scam occurring in Amington this evening (Thu 8 Jan) and are urging public to be extra vigilant.

They are also asking for the warning to be spread as far as possible and for people to reiterate to more vulnerable friends and family to not pass personal details and pin numbers over the phone.

The courier scam is when fraudsters call and trick you into handing your cards and PIN numbers to a courier on your doorstep.

There are many variations of the scam, but it usually follows this method:

  • A fraudster will cold call you on a landline, claiming to be from your bank or the police. They state their systems have spotted a fraudulent payment on your card or it is due to expire and needs to be replaced.
  • In order to reassure you that they are genuine, they suggest that you hang up and ring the bank/police back straight away. However, they don’t disconnect the call from the landline so that when you dial the real phone number, you are actually still speaking to the fraudster.
  • They then ask you to read out your PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They may ask for details of other accounts you hold with the bank or financial service provider.
  • Finally, they send a courier to you to collect your bank card. The fraudster will have then obtained your name, address, full bank details, card and PIN.

Protect yourself against courier fraud:

  • Your bank will never send a courier to your home.
  • Your bank and the police will never collect your bank card.
  • Your bank and the police will never ask for your PIN

If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.

Call Staffordshire Police on 101 to report any suspicious calls.