Dawn raids in £1m courier scam investigation
PUBLISHED: 14:06 20 August 2014
DETECTIVES swooped to make three dawn arrests this week in connection with courier fraud offences which have scammed residents out of more than £1million.
Elderly residents in the South West have been targeted by conmen by telephone and asking them to withdraw large sums of money to be ‘forensically examined’ by a courier as part of criminal investigations, with one victim losing a sum of £34,000.
Three men, all aged 18, were arrested on suspicion of fraud offences in Tower Hamlets on Monday morning, following a three-month investigation from Zephyr, the regional organised crime unit for the South West.
Detective chief inspector Will White said: “These arrests should provide some reassurance that we are working with colleagues in forces in the South West to tackle this despicable form of crime, which preys in the main on the elderly and vulnerable.
“The police and the banks will never ask you for banking details or pin numbers on the phone. Similarly, they would never send a so-called courier to collect bank cards or money.
“We hope it also sends a strong message that we will target those who prey on the elderly and vulnerable. We will find out who you are and come for you.”
If you can help the police further with their investigations, call 101.