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Fraudsters posing as detectives target elderly and vulnerable

Leamington Editorial 1st Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

FRAUDSTERS posing as detectives are targeting the elderly and vulnerable in a bid to access their bank details.

West Mercia and Warwickshire Police are urging people to be vigilant after courier fraud incidents were reported. The most recent was on November 6 in Bishops Tachbrook.

The fraudsters target the elderly or vulnerable, by calling them and stating they are detectives investigating serious fraud to do with their bank accounts.

This is done in an attempt to get them to handover personal information, bank cards and even money.

The fraudsters will say the victim’s bank cards have been used fraudulently, and ask them to contact their bank.They then stay on the line to hear the bank details before sending a courier to collect the bank card, using it to withdraw cash.

West Mercia and Warwickshire Police are advising residents not to hand out personal details over the phone.

They also say to hang up and call 101 from a different phone if they receive a similar call and that they or any bank would never ask for a PIN number or send a courier to collect a card.

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