East Midlands residents lose almost £200k to ‘police’ fraudsters during lockdown

East Midlands residents lose almost £200k to ‘police’ fraudsters during lockdown
Since going into nationwide lockdown in March there has been a significant increase in scams, particularly those targeting the elderly and vulnerable.
Courier Fraud is just one of the scams fraudsters are relentlessly using to con people out of thousands by pretending to be a police officer or bank official. They warn the victim that there are corrupt bank staff at the branch they use, who are intent on stealing their money and ask them for their help. The victim becomes embroiled in a fake story and is subsequently tricked into withdrawing large amounts of cash under the impression that they will be reimbursed.
The cash is then collected by a ‘police courier’ from the victim’s home address. On occasion, the victim has been told to meet them at a local train station or even asked to travel to other cities to meet couriers. In recent months, some victims have been instructed to purchase high-value jewellery (mainly watches or gold) from local jewellers rather than withdraw and handover cash.

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