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Elderly Bexley residents urged to watch out for courier fraudsters

PUBLISHED: 11:05 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:05 21 March 2013

Bexley borough commander Supt Peter Ayling

Bexley borough commander Supt Peter Ayling

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Elderly Bexley residents are being urged to avoid falling foul of ruthless fraudsters who use courier firms to help defraud victims of their life savings.

Today marks Courier Fraud Awareness Day and Safer Neighbourhood Teams (SNT) in the borough are urging people to be alert and vigilant.

The fraud works by the suspect telephoning the victim and claiming to be someone from an authority - usually the police, bank or Serious Fraud Office.

They tell them that their bank account has been compromised and their card must be collected. The victim is told to hang up and call the relevant agency on a genuine number to check that they are who they say they are.

They dial the new number but the fraudster does not disconnect so, who then convinces the victim to reveal their PIN, which enables them to empty the person’s bank account.

The aim of the awareness day is to help stop Londoners becoming victims. Police and banks will never ask for your PIN or bank card

If you are contacted by someone who asks for your PIN or bank card, hang up.

Use a different line to report it to police on 101 or allow at least five minutes for the line to automatically clear. Call 999 if you think a crime is going on.

Bexley borough commander Supt Peter Ayling said: “In the 12 months to the end of December 2012 Bexley only recorded 10 courier scam offences - that’s 10 too many.

“I want residents and local business owners to be aware of this scam, stay alert and report incidents to police.”

Bexley SNTs will be visiting vulnerable residents on each ward, delivering flyers highlighting the problems, offering crime prevention advice and talking to cab and courier firms to advise on how to spot courier fraudsters.”

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