SCAM ALERT: Be on your guard against courier fraud

We’re issuing a warning to residents after several incidents in the past few days where bogus phone calls have been made to residents in the south of the county.

Between Wednesday 9 December and Friday 11 December we have received reports of seven incidents in the Cannock, Walsall, Norton Canes and Burntwood areas but offenders could strike anywhere.

The victims targeted are elderly. Please advise your neighbours, friends and relatives so they don’t fall victim to this scam.

The suspect, a male with a foreign accent, contacts the victim by phone claiming to be from the Met Police or New Scotland yard. They state that the victim’s bank or credit card has been cloned and recovered after arrests have been made.

They ask the victim to withdraw a large sum of cash from their account as it is counterfeit and advise they will send a courier to collect it as a matter of urgency.

Officers are urging people to be on their guard and report any such calls to police immediately, by ringing 101 or 999 in an emergency.