Current Courier Fraud Trend
We are currently seeing a trend for Courier Fraud, and attempts, across the county using a specific method of operation.
The fraudsters, posing as Detectives from either the Metropolitan Police or Greater Manchester Police, have been calling elderly people and informing them that their bank account has been compromised and that they need to transfer their funds to a ‘safe’ account. In some cases they have told the victim that a member of staff at their branch is corrupt and that they want the victim to help with a ‘sting’ operation, targeted at the member of staff.
In any case the offender will send a taxi to the victims home address which then takes the them to one or more banks. They may also take them to a bureau de change with instructions to withdraw foreign currency.
The victim will then be taken home by taxi and the money collected by an offender or courier.
There have been successful frauds of this type reported having occurred in Chester, Winsford and Crewe, with attempts having been made throughout the county. Victims have lost thousands of pounds at a time.
If you have been, or are aware of someone who has been targeted in this manner please report it.