West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper is urging residents to be aware of scammers after receiving information from Ofcom about the latest phone scam where fraudsters use courier firms to help defraud elderly and vulnerable victims of their life savings.
The fraudster telephones you claiming to be from an authority; usually the police, bank or Serious Fraud Office. They tell you that your bank account has been compromised and they need to collect your card
In order to reassure you that they’re genuine, they suggest that you hang up and ring your bank/police straight away. However, they don’t disconnect the call so that when you dial your bank’s real phone number, you’re actually still speaking to the fraudster or an accomplice
The fraudster then asks you to read out your PIN or type it on your phone keypad. They can tell which keys have been pressed
Finally, they send a taxi/courier to you to collect your bank card. With this and the PIN they can empty your bank account.
MP Rosie is calling on West Lancashire residents to raise their guard against the scammers.
Rosie MP said:
“The scammers are targeting those who are in financial difficulty but regardless of your situation you should never give out your contact or financial details.
“Residents need to be aware that scams are not just some kind of minor irritant; they are criminal offences that harm millions of people.
“Simply, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you haven’t bought a ticket – you can’t win it.
“If you think you or a family member or friend have been the victim of a scam report it immediately to the police or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. These scams are a threat to your pockets and wellbeing. Stay aware and up your guard."
Scams are criminal frauds that can have catastrophic results for individuals and families. Every year, three million people in the UK are victims of scams, often losing hundreds or even thousands of pounds. There are many different types of scams – fake lotteries and prize draws, get-rich quick schemes, bogus health cures, investment and pyramid selling. The list goes on. Opportunistic con artists are using the economic climate to prey on people who are struggling to find work or battling with money problems.