Courier fraud warning – Aylesbury Vale
Residents in Aylesbury Vale have reported receiving unsolicited telephone calls from people often claiming to be police officers.
They have claimed to be investigating a fraudulent transaction on the victim’s credit / debit cards, or suspicious transaction on their bank account.
The offenders give fictitious officer name / shoulder number and in a recent report, in Aston Sandford, the resident was encouraged to dial 999 to check out their identity.
The line had been kept open by the offender, so the victim was not actually connecting to the emergency services.
In Aylesbury a victim was encouraged to go to the bank to withdraw cash and a courier later turned up to pick up the cash / bank cards.
Please warn neighbours, family and friends, especially if they are old or vulnerable, not to pass information on to any unsolicited callers. Remember:-
- never tell anyone your PIN number
- never give personal information or bank account details to anyone over the phone
- never hand over your card, money or valuables to someone at the door.
Check the identity of anyone you are dealing with either in person or over the phone. Call the organisation they claim to be working for, but make sure they have cleared the line and that you have your normal dialling tone.
If you are suspicious of an unexpected visitor to your home call the police on 101, or on 999 in an emergency. If you are suspicious of an unsolicited telephone call, that you think might be fraudulent, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
Further fraud prevention advice can be found on this section of the Thames Valley Police website.