Courier frauds continue to target Chichester residents

Police. Picture by Jon Rigby
Police. Picture by Jon Rigby

CHICHESTER continues to be targeted by heartless criminals, with a number of courier fraud attempts made this week.

Sussex Police said as a result of the awareness campaign launched by the Chichester Neighbourhood Policing Team in early April, none of these attempts were successful.

Sergeant Daniel West said: “It is great to hear that our message is getting out to the residents of Chichester and that it is preventing further victims from suffering the effects of these despicable scams.”

One of the calls received was from a man claiming to be a detective sergeant from the fraud squad. The potential victim was well aware of the scam and terminated the call immediately.

“Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your PIN number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address,” said Sgt West. “Never give out your bank details or hand over your bank cards to someone who has contacted you in this way.

“If you have any suspicions, please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank, in case the offenders are still on the line.

“If possible use another phone to contact the police to report it, contact a friend or relative to alert them or wait for at least half-an-hour before trying to ring.”

The Chichester team is continuing to raise awareness of the courier fraud scams and will be visiting banks in the Manhood Peninsula, actively talking to customers next week.

“If you have elderly or vulnerable friends or neighbours please make them aware of this scam as well so that they do not become a victim,” added Sgt West.

Anyone with information or who has received similar calls should call Sussex Police via 101 or email quoting Operation Edisto.

Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.