Courier fraudsters typically claim to be a police officer or bank official when making an unsolicited phone call to their victim.
Stop and think before handing over any personal or financial information.
Victims aged 70 to 89 are hit with the biggest financial losses, so please raise awareness of the signs of courier fraud with your older loved ones and neighbours to help prevent them becoming victims of this callous crime.
Please remember, police officers and banking officials will NEVER call to ask for help with an undercover operation, ask people to purchase high value items or ask you to hand over your bank card.
If you or someone who know receives an unexpected call by someone claiming to be from your bank or a police officer, verify who you are speaking to...
Hang up, wait five minutes and call back on a number you know is genuine.
Look out for the warning signs of courier fraud and follow the TAKE FIVE TO STOP FRAUD advice:
Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe
Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you
Protect: If you think you’ve been a victim of fraud, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud online at police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040