Crackdown on courier fraudsters in the area

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POLICE in Hampshire are clamping down on courier fraud.

The major investigation team’s economic crime unit is working to snare scammers who prey on people.

The force has said courier fraud normally involves a cold call to a victim’s landline, followed by a request for the victim to divulge their PIN number.

The fraudster will then arrange for the collection of the victim’s card from their home address.

This will generally be performed by an innocent taxi firm or other person who effectively ends up acting as a courier for the criminal enterprise.

The suspect will then use the victim’s card to withdraw cash.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘The victims of courier fraud within the force area are more likely to be elderly people.

‘They tend to be less technologically aware and may be perceived to have more cash available due to pensions, etc.

‘The range of victims so far in Hampshire is age 34 to 92.’