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Courier fraud scam alert

Alert message sent 11/09/2021 09:03:00

Information sent on behalf of Derbyshire Constabulary


We are alerting people in parts of Derby and the north east of the county to a scam that we have had several calls about this week.

People living in Allestree, Chaddesden, Derby city, Dronfield and Etwall have been called by someone claiming to be from Brixton police station or a fraud squad.

The caller then states that a family member or another person has been arrested for using the person’s bank card fraudulently.

They then try to obtain money from the victims.

If you receive such a call you should not give out any personal information and hang up the call immediately.

We know that this type of call can be linked to courier fraud.

This means that victims will be encouraged to withdraw funds from their bank accounts and give cash or bank cards to a courier arranged by the ‘police officer.’

The police will never contact you asking for banking information or request that you withdraw money from an account, purchase gold bullion or high-value jewellery to aid an investigation.

Fraudsters often target geographical areas where they know elderly or vulnerable people live, so we would ask that if you have family or friends who are vulnerable in any way that you make them aware of this scam.

If you, or someone you know, receives a call of this nature please contact us as soon as possible. We will then assess the area that is being targeted, alert the banks and endeavour to protect other local residents to prevent any financial loss.

Should you receive one of these calls, we advise you to end the call, wait five minutes and ensure you can hear a dial tone before calling us on 101.

To call your bank, please use the number found on the back of your card. All reports of this nature also need to be reported to Action Fraud 0300 120 2040 or online https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.

You can contact Derbyshire police via the following methods: You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can also text on 07800 002414 or email us at deafsms@derbyshire.pnn.police.uk.
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Katy Law (Police, Support staff, Press Office)

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