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Hampshire police warn of courier fraud after victims lose £786,963 in 2021



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POLICE are urging people to beware of courier fraud which has claimed hundreds of thousands of pounds in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The family and friends of vulnerable residents are particularly asked to help ensure their loved ones do not fall victim.

It comes after 110 people in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight lost a total of £786,963 to courier fraudsters in 2021.

Offenders typically claim to be a police officer or a member of staff from a victim’s bank
Offenders typically claim to be a police officer or a member of staff from a victim’s bank

Hampshire Constabulary is supporting a new campaign launched by the City of London Police to raise awareness.

A list of offenders’ common tactics to watch out for has been released, following analysis of National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) data.

Offenders typically claim to be a police officer or a member of staff from a victim’s bank and often pressure them into making quick financial decisions to help with fictitious investigations.

DI Mark Carter, from Hampshire’s serious and organised crime unit, said: “These fraudsters are heartless individuals who prey on some of the most vulnerable people living in our area.

“I would like to urge everyone who has an elderly relative, friend or cares for someone in that age bracket to make them aware of this type of fraud.”

Those who receive unexpected calls from supposed officials should verify they are speaking to someone genuine by hanging up, waiting five minutes and then calling back on a number they know is genuine.



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