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18th May, 2022

Police reiterate warning after Bromsgrove's elderly and vulnerable are targeted multiple times by fraudsters

POLICE have reiterated their warning about courier fraud after scammers made multiple attempts to target the elderly and vulnerable in Bromsgrove.

The district seems to be one of the hardest hit areas by the fraudsters who have been calling, pretending to be police officers.

Insp Lee Page said: “This fraud targets older, more vulnerable people and I would ask the public to get in touch with elderly and vulnerable friends and family to warn them of this cruel scam.

“Always remember that no police officer from any force or department will ever ask you to go to your bank, withdraw money and hand over any funds, regardless of their name or unit.

“I would like to reassure the community that we are investigating these crimes and want to hear from anyone who has been contacted in this way”

“We are working closely with our local banks too and they are aware that this scam is targeting Bromsgrove and North Worcestershire.”

He added the scam could be very elaborate, very convincing and cruel.

Anyone who feels they may be targeted should hang up, wait ten minutes for the line to clear and then call police on 101.

If the crime is still in progress, because for example, bank details have already been provided or cards or cash handed over or there is an intention to visit the bank or the caller has arranged for someone to visit, 999 should be dialled.

Insp Page reiterated that the police would never call asking people for bank details, cash, cards or other personal details.

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