Courier fraud has been the latest con to rock victims and leave them thousands of pounds out of pocket. What appears to be genuine calls from the police have resulted in victims being manipulated into handing their bank card over to a courier. Age UK’s Joel Lewis has since explained how scammers trick their victims.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Lewis said: “Courier fraud is where you get an unknown call normally from somewhere pretending to be your bank or from the police.
“What they’ll say is that, ‘we are investigating a criminal matter or criminal complaint and we need your help with that’.
“What they typically do is ask you to withdraw money or give your bank card to a courier.
“That courier could be a legitimate courier who has no idea they’re involved in fraud or it could be someone that’s working for the scammers.
“We’ve seen cases of people withdrawing thousands.
“They say they’re working with the police and then the scammers take that money and go off with it.
“We’ve also seen examples of people going into high-end jewellers or watch shops and buying very expensive items of jewellery or watches and then giving those to the fraudsters.”
His warning comes amid fears a new US phone scam targeting elderly people could be set to hit people in the UK.
The caller claims they need their “grandparent” to send them funds, insisting they need to be used for a fictitious expense that they need to pay urgently.
Unfortunately, the scammer urges the victim not to tell anyone, even the parent of the “grandchild” – claiming it’s because they don’t want them to find out about the trouble that they’re in.
According to CPR Call Blocker, victims have been tricked out of hundreds or even thousands of pounds.
Chelsea Davies, CPR Call Blocker Business Development Manager, said: “In our experience of working across the US and UK, scams spread quickly across the pond so it is sensible for grandparents to be on their guard as we have no doubt that fraudsters operating in the UK will soon start using these tactics.