Police urge taxi firms not to help out Sutton's bank courier tricksters
2:17pm Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
Detectives have warned taxi drivers not to unwittingly act as couriers for fraudsters by accepting calls to pick up suspect envelopes.
Cab firms have unknowingly become participants in so-called bank courier scams - where con artists phone people and trick them into thinking the call is from their bank and there is a problem with their cards before sending a taxi to pick the card up.
In recent weeks tricksters have been targeting Sutton people but yesterday taxi drivers twice foiled the criminals' plans when they became suspicious about their fares and reported them to their control rooms who contacted police.
In the first instance the driver had been called to pick up an envelope from a 72-year-old woman in Worcester Road, Sutton, and in the second incident the driver was supposed to pick up a similar package from an 89-year-old woman in Cavendish Road, Sutton.
Detective Constable Andy Thornton, of Sutton CID, said: "We urge all drivers to act on their suspicions and to call police on 999 if they feel that a collection from an address in not quite right."
Det Con Thornton also encouraged elderly residents to contact their telephone supplier and arrange to go ex-directory to prevent their details from being accessed on the internet for a relatively small fee.
Police have received 11 reports of suspected bank courier scam attempts in Sutton in the last month. The most recent include an 80-year-old woman from Warnham Court Road who lost £1,000 to a trickster.
Police suggest people should never give their PIN to anyone or give out their cards and banks will never ask for either of these. Officers say people should call 999 immediately if they are suspicious of any callers.
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