Fraudsters have developed a new ploy to steal potentially thousands from unsuspecting victims
Fraudsters have developed a new ploy to steal potentially thousands from unsuspecting victims after devising a new con involving a home delivery.
The crook allegedly phones the victims’ home, claiming to be from a delivery company and asking if the homeowner will be at home as they have a package.
Within an hour a ‘courier’ appears at the door with a basket of flowers and a bottle of wine, and says a card detailing who it is from will follow.
They then say they need a payment to prove an adult accepted the delivery as it contains alcohol.
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The fraudster says it cannot be accepted in cash and must be done via credit or debit card to be traced, proving the person they delivered to was over 18.
Producing a hand-held card machine, they ask for a payment of £3.40, and the victims put their card and pin number into the machine.
The fraudster says it cannot be accepted in cash and must be done via credit or debit card
They are provided with a receipt for the amount, but a couple days later they find their entire back account has been cleaned out and all their money gone.
Head of Action Fraud, Pauline Smith said: “Fraudsters are relentless and will work tirelessly to find new ways to convince people to part with their money.
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We urge people to be vigilant
“We urge people to be vigilant and never respond to these callers who are simply trying to scam you.”
The Met Police recently published its Big Book of Little Scams, detailing common tricks as well as new and sophisticated crimes con artists are using to get money.
Within an hour a ‘courier’ appears at the door
It said: “Every year the British public loses billions of pounds to fraudsters who bombard us with online, mail, door-to-door and telephone scams.
“Scams, or frauds, can be difficult to investigate. They can be complicated and involved many victims and suspects.
Producing a hand-held card machine, they ask for a payment of £3.40
“Scams target people of all ages, backgrounds and income levels.”
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.