Since September 2013 Cambridgeshire has suffered almost 100 fraud offences with a similar story. We believe these are orchestrated by several organised crime groups possibly from the London area.
- The victim is cold called and informed by someone who identifies themselves as a police officer that their card has been cloned.
- They either request the victim packages up the cards complete with PIN codes or that they withdraw thousands so that the investigation can be progressed.
- The caller asks the victim to confirm their identity by hanging up and calling 999.
- The caller somehow keeps the line open and assumes the identity of a 999 operator, telling the victim that everything is fine.
- The caller then calls the victim back and informs them a courier will be dispatched to collect the parcel.
The victims are predominantly vulnerable but only about 1 in 10 are falling for it. The ones that have fallen for it are often defrauded of thousands of pounds.
The gangs seem to have switched tactics recently and are sending genuine couriers to collect the parcels.
Recently a victim contacted the Police reporting she was waiting at home with £5,000 for a courier to collect
Fenland has recently had two reports of this type of offence. Please be alert. If you have any doubts at all about a caller to your home call the Police on 101 and report your suspicions.
We need to catch these individuals.
Crime Prevention Officer
Covering Fenland and Northern Sector Peterborough