Leicestershire public urged to avoid falling victim to courier fraud

Families across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland are being urged to remain vigilant following two recent incidents of courier fraud.

In both cases, which were reported to police earlier this month, elderly victims living in Leicester and Burton on the Wolds, near Loughborough, have been contacted by someone purporting to be a police officer. They have been informed that money has been fraudulently taken from their account.

They have then been told to go to their bank and withdraw thousands of pounds so that the bank notes can be checked. The money has been collected by a man visiting the victims’ home addresses.

Paul Wenlock, from Leicestershire Police’s Economic Crime Unit, said: “We are aware of these incidents which were reported to us on 17 and 19 April and we believe that the person or persons carrying out this scam could still be making calls.”

“If you have elderly relatives, neighbours of friends then please speak to them about this – make them aware of the dangers and what they can do to protect themselves.”

“We would never ask members of the public to hand over cash. Genuine callers will also be happy to verify their credentials and will not mind you asking to call them back while you phone their supposed employer to seek assurance.”

“If you receive one of these calls end it immediately, wait five minutes to clear the line and call the police, or alternatively, phone from a friend’s house or mobile.”

Further information can be found by visiting the Leicestershire Police website.