October 2013 - Credit/Bank Card Frauds

posted 4 Nov 2013, 08:46 by Bob Brace
Hertfordshire Police would like to make residents of Berkhamsted and Tring aware of a credit/bank card fraud that has taken place over the past few days in the area. 

Victims are contacted by telephone and persuaded to reveal their PIN numbers before their bank cards are collected from their home address by way of courier. Money is then withdrawn from their accounts. Often the offenders purport to be Police Officers, and direct the victim to hang up and ring their bank or Police to authenticate. The Offenders stay online and when the victim picks up to dial their bank or Police, they are immediately back in contact with the offenders. There are also derivatives of this crime, whereby victims are asked to withdraw a large amount of money from their bank account as part of a ‘sting’ operation against a rogue bank employee, or make a high value purchase. The cards/money/goods are then collected by a courier and delivered to the offenders.

Victims tend to be of retired age. This may be as a result of younger person’s non-reporting of incidents and being less vulnerable to this crime type or that the elderly are more susceptible to this type of crime and actively targeted by the offenders.

RESIDENTS ARE REMINDED NOT TO GIVE OUT ANY CARD OR BANK DETAILS INCLUDING PIN NUMBERS OVER THE PHONE. THE POLICE WOULD NEVER REQUEST SUCH INFORMATION

If you have any information relating to this type of crime or have been a victim of it, please report the occurrence via our non emergency number 101. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.

In an emergency always call 999.

If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: lee.clements@herts.pnn.police.uk

Regards,
Lee Clements
Police Community Support Officer
Neighbourhood Watch
Email: lee.clements@herts.pnn.police.uk
Tel: 01442 271226
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