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Courier Frauds in Bracknell and Wokingham

Alert message sent 23/07/2019 18:12:00

Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police


Thames Valley Police are aware of recent courier frauds targeting elderly victims in the Bracknell and Wokingham areas.

The elderly are being targeted by fraudsters who call them pretending to be police officers and asking for their help with a major operation by withdrawing money from their account. They tell them that a courier, working for the police, will collect the money.

We would encourage anyone with elderly or vulnerable family, friends or neighbours to make them aware of this type of fraud. Please share our crime prevention advice to help prevent them from becoming a victim.

Residents can reduce the risk of becoming a victim by following our crime prevention advice.

• The police will never ask you to withdraw cash from your bank account, or arrange for a courier to collect valuables from you.
• If you receive a call from someone claiming to be a police officer and asking you to withdraw cash or send valuable items in this way, you should hang up immediately and contact Thames Valley Police on 101. Do not call any other number as you could be speaking to another fraudster.
• When making this call it is important to use a different phone to the one that you have been contacted on. If no other phone is available, you should wait at least five minutes to ensure the phone line has cleared before making the phone call.
• To verify the identity of any police officer, you should ask for their name and shoulder number and then call 101 to speak with the relevant police force. Always make this call from a different telephone, or wait at least five minutes for the line to clear.
• More advice about how to protect yourself against fraud is available on the Thames Valley Police website at: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/


Thank you.
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Karen Collins (Police, Admin/Co-ordinator, Wokingham)

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