Courier Fraud Alert – from Nottinghamshire Alert

Scammers are contacting people in Nottinghamshire on the telephone and pretending to be Police Officers or bank staff. They are telling people that their assistance is needed with some kind of investigation and that they need to go to the bank to withdraw a substantial amount of cash. A ‘courier’ is then sent to the victims home address to collect the cash. In some cases, victims have been asked to leave their bank card on the doorstep for collection.    If you receive a text, email or telephone call claiming to be from a police force or bank, asking you to either click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it’s a scam!    During the incidents the victims have received a call from someone claiming to be a police officer who’s investigating counterfeit currency or fraudulent use of the victim’s bank card. The caller tells them not to talk to anyone else about the call as it may jeopardise the police investigation. They then try to persuade the victim to withdraw a large sum of money or purchase high value jewellery / watches.
The call can appears local using 0115 numbers, but these are spoofed numbers used to make the call look authentic.   Protect yourselves from scam telephone calls by:

• Calling your provider to make your number ex-directory and asking if they have any scam call shield services.
• Registering your number with the Telephone Preference Service.
• Removing your details from the OPEN Electoral Register and 192.com
• Installing a call blocker / phone with an inbuilt call blocking feature.
• Changing your number if necessary.
• Ensuring your number isn’t publicly available on any of your social media pages.   You can report fraud online via the Action Fraud website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/  or on 0300 123 2040.  
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