The Police have said that between 7th and 8th of January 2020 two elderly residents of Buriton and East Meon have been targeted by fraudsters purporting to be from the Police.
This Scam is known as “Courier Fraud” and comes in various forms.
Essentially, the Victim is contacted by someone purporting to be a Police Officer and they are informed that Police have identified an issue with their account or someone has been arrested using a cloned bank card for their account or that there is a corrupt member of staff at their Bank.
The Victim is then asked to withdraw a large amount of money from their account and hand it over to the “Officer”.
The Police advise that they will NEVER ask anyone to withdraw money and hand it over for evidence / safekeeping.
The Police are advising everyone to be vigilant at all times and to call them to report any suspicious activity, not just around your own property but anything suspicious in the wider residential area and community. In an emergency use 999 or 101 for non-emergency. They say that it is never too late to report any suspicious activity to the Police.
And please speak with any vulnerable neighbours who may not read this website.
Crime prevention and advice regarding fraud can be found on the Hampshire Constabulary website on https://www.hampshire.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/ or, alternatively, for more information and help or to report this and many other types of fraud, go to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ the UK’s national fraud and cybercrime reporting centre