23 May 2012

UK Card Courier Scammers Robbed Brits of £1.5m

Fraudsters stole 1.5 million pounds by tricking Brits into sending them their PIN codes on the phone and their bank cards through a courier. Authorities said losses continue to mount.

Victims are being lured over the phone to believe their credit or debit cards need to be replaced because of fraud, according to the BBC. The con men then send a courier to take the card directly from the victims. UK residents have already been bilked of around £750,000 only in the first four months of the year, the same as in the whole of 2011.

"If you become a victim of this type of crime, you should contact your bank in the first instance," said a representative of Dedicated Cheque and Plastic Crime Unit, as quoted by BBC.

"If you have friends or relatives who you feel may be vulnerable to this, please help them to be more aware of the potential risks and what to look out for. Remember, if you are the innocent victim of card fraud you will not suffer any financial loss."

The typical target of the scam is an older person. The UK Payments Council advised citizens to never hand over their card to a complete stranger, and always keep their Pin secret.