POLICE have issued a warning after three elderly people were targeted by courier fraud in Worcester.
Yesterday evening (Tuesday, July 22), three elderly men, who all live in the St John's and Bedwardine areas of Worcester, received calls from someone pretending to be an officer from the Metropolitan Police Service.
In all three cases, the victims were told that they had been victims of fraud, which the caller is investigating and asked to reveal bank details including PINs.
Police are advising residents to be wary of attempts to defraud them in this manner and have issued the following advice:
- Never divulge your PIN - Banks and police will not ask for this over the phone If you get one of these calls, end it and call the police on 999 from another phone, or 101 if this has happened in the past.
- If you have given any details, cancel cards immediately.
- Use the number on your banking details to call the bank – not one given to you by the caller.
- If someone comes to your door pretending to be a police officer, remember that they always carry a warrant card. If you have any doubts make them wait outside while you phone the police force. Genuine callers will understand.
- Do not be embarrassed to report a fraud if you have been affected. This is a national scam and you are not alone – many people have been taken in by it.
- If you see or hear of any suspicious activity in your locality report it to police.