Conmen steal £44,000 in one month in latest spate of bank courier scams across Sutton

Sutton police station

Sutton police station

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A couple in their 80’s have been duped out of £34,000, as Sutton residents fell victim to four bank courier scams in just one month.

The conmen targeted a total of nine male and female victims aged between 65 to 88.

Sutton police have received six reports of the scam in four weeks- two of them were unsuccessful.

The victims received a phonecall telling them someone had tried to fraudulently use their bank card and they need to be issued a new one.

They are then asked their PIN number, before it is arranged for their card to be collected later that day.

The conmen then drain money from the victim’s bank account.

Over the last four weeks they have stolen £44,000 from people in Sutton, which has been used to fund a spending spree across major retailers in the Purley Way area.

£34,000 of the amount was stolen from one couple.

Five of the addresses targeted were in Archway Close, Cranley Gardens, Hurricane Road, Maldon Road and Onslow Gardens, all in Wallington.

Another address was off Plough Lane in Purley.

Detective Inspector Sarah Rees from Sutton’s CID, said: “This is a despicable crime targeting elderly residents.

"Be on your guard. The moment a caller starts asking for bank details is the moment you should immediately think that this is a trick and a scam.” 

If you fall victim to a bank courier scam call the police on 101.

Have you ever been the victim of a scam? Call the news desk on 0208 722 6358

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5:30pm Fri 8 Aug 14

lucillafaust says...

I feel terrible for the victims. It's just like the phone scams I read in the complaints shared at www.callercenter.com and I feel unsafe knowing that these people are just out there, waiting to attack with their schemes. This is bad. The authorities should stop them.
I feel terrible for the victims. It's just like the phone scams I read in the complaints shared at www.callercenter.com and I feel unsafe knowing that these people are just out there, waiting to attack with their schemes. This is bad. The authorities should stop them. lucillafaust
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