Police target courier scammers after Somerset victim conned out of £34,000

This is The West Country: Police target courier scammers after Somerset victim conned out of £34,000 Police target courier scammers after Somerset victim conned out of £34,000

CALLOUS conmen who prey on vulnerable people and dupe them out of cash are being targeted by police.

Zephyr, the regional organised crime unit at Avon and Somerset Police, is warning people about the increasing threat of courier fraud following several high profile incidents across the South-West.

Unscrupulous fraudsters have conned 15 victims in Somerset already this year, and in one instance a victim lost £34,000.

Perpetrators contact potential victims - who are normally elderly - by telephone and are encouraged to withdraw cash, which they are then asked to send to London by taxi or via a courier, who will collect the money from their home.

The culprit claims the money is potential evidence for an investigation. The money is needed so that it can be forensically examined.

Elderly people are reminded that police officers will never ask for bank details or send a courier to collect cash, while taxi drivers are urged to be vigilant when asked to transport packages.

DCI Will White said: "We really don’t know the extent of this extremely worrying problem.

"It is possible that the thousands of pounds which have been demanded and lost and the sums that we have been prevented from being surrendered may only be the tip of the iceberg.

"It is possible that some victims may feel too embarrassed, ashamed or humiliated to come forward and report that they have been duped.

"We would like to hear from these people, so that we can establish how widespread this particular crime is and so that support and advice can be provided."

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10:48am Thu 5 Jun 14

MATT7250 says...

Nothing will be done, as the police are to busy with there mobile speed camera van!!!!!
Nothing will be done, as the police are to busy with there mobile speed camera van!!!!! MATT7250
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3:24pm Thu 5 Jun 14

nat_11 says...

MATT7250 wrote:
Nothing will be done, as the police are to busy with there mobile speed camera van!!!!!
why don't you do something about it then instead of moan!
[quote][p][bold]MATT7250[/bold] wrote: Nothing will be done, as the police are to busy with there mobile speed camera van!!!!![/p][/quote]why don't you do something about it then instead of moan! nat_11
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6:44pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Dr Dave says...

I blame the banks, surely alarm bells should start ringing if elderly people are withdrawing large amounts of cash???? Or am I missing something here?
I blame the banks, surely alarm bells should start ringing if elderly people are withdrawing large amounts of cash???? Or am I missing something here? Dr Dave
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