You may recall earlier this month we warned of ‘courier fraud’ scams where fraudsters pose as a police officer or bank official to persuade their often elderly and vulnerable victims to hand over large amounts of cash.
We have been made aware of seven separate instances where people across Cambridgeshire have lost almost £88,000 to courier fraud this month alone.
Please be aware of another new scam that we have been made aware of.
The details of how one local person received the call are below;
I had an automated call telling me that a bank transaction for £600 had been made against my account, and to 'press 1'. I didn't, but checked my account and no such transaction was present. I then phoned the bank fraud department, and they advised that there are THOUSANDS of such calls, mentioning £600, coming in.
ADVICE : ignore the call; do NOT press 1; if in doubt, call your bank.
Second call of the day by an automated scammer call. This time it related to 'your Visa/Mastercard', but the same value £600. Same process - press 1 to stop the transaction.
Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch has signed up to a partnership called Cambridgshire and Peterborough Friends Against Scams (CAPASP). We are determined to help communities stand up to scammers as we know this is one of the few areas of crime which is increasing. Scams are often not reported and can happen to anyone especially to the vulnerable and elderly.