Courier fraud

Courier frauds are becoming more prevalent and sophisticated. Usually the elderly are targeted. Scammers will telephone a potential victim purporting to be from their bank, from the police or other law enforcement authority. They then dupe the person into revealing their PIN and handing over their debit and credit card.

What you should know

Remember: Your bank will never ask for your PIN, your bank card or to withdraw money.

Caution: Never share your PIN with anyone - the only times you should use your PIN is at a cash machine or when you use a shop's chip and PIN machines.

Think: Never hand your bank card or any goods you have purchased as a result of a phone call to anyone who comes to your front door.

Investigate: If you think you have been a victim of a scam. Contact Action Fraud or call the police.

From the Metropolitan Police Service's Little Book of Big Scams; used with permission of the copyright owner and controller who is the Mayor's Office for Police and Crime.

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