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What is Courier Fraud?

Courier Fraud is committed by Organised Crime Groups (OCGs). It typically occurs when a suspect contacts victims by telephone purporting to be the Police or Bank staff. The victim is persuaded to co-operate with an ‘operation’ designed to gather evidence or identify offenders responsible for a fictional offence.

Nationally, courier fraud is a growing problem with over 1000 offences committed in the last six months. Victims are requested to:

•             withdraw money from their bank;
•             purchase an expensive item;
•             provide their bank card/details to assist with the operation.

The money or item is then handed over to a ‘courier’ who attends the victim’s address or meets them nearby. This is on the promise that the money or item will be returned or compensation provided.

The member of the OCG who makes the phone calls is referred to as the ‘victim communicator’.

The suspect who attends the address is known as the ‘courier’.

Key points:

Police officers, banks or other such organisations will NEVER ask or telephone you for cash or your bank details.

If someone is trying to rush you into doing something regarding your bank account it is likely they are involved in a scam.

Do you bank with one particular bank but the person on the phone is talking about a different one – even if they do have the right bank, it doesn’t mean it is legitimate.

In Cheshire, victims have lost almost £100k to courier fraudsters in December 2019
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Caroline Griffiths (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU Outer PCSO)

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