Egham residents targeted in bank courier scam

Residents in Surrey have lost hundreds of pounds after being targeted in a bank card scam in which fraudsters claim to be couriers.

Three incidents took place in Egham on Wednesday - the second spate of such crimes in the county.

Two people handed over their cards and lost £300 and £500 from their accounts. A third person rang their bank and was warned not to hand over the card.

A 79-year-old man in Fetcham lost £2,500 in a similar fraud in August.

Surrey Police dealt with six cases of the courier fraud in one week last year.

The other incidents took place in Leatherhead, Ashtead and Epsom.

Card taken

A police spokesman said the fraud started with a phone call in which the caller checks the victim's details, asks for their Pin number, then says they need a new card.

The "courier" then arrives at the door to take the card.

The Egham fraudster is described as black, in his late 20s and about 5ft 6in with short hair. He was wearing a black and blue waterproof jacket and dark trousers.

"We had a spate of incidents last year in which this scam was used to obtain bank cards from pensioners," said Det Con Richard Warr.

"It is important that everyone is aware of the tactics used by these con artists so they can make sure their more vulnerable and elderly neighbours, family and friends know what they should do to protect themselves.

"Banks and building societies do not operate in this way and would never request a customer confirm their Pin details over the phone."

Anyone who has information about the Egham incidents has been asked to contact police.

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