07:55AM, Thursday 27 March 2014
A 62-year-old-man from London who police suspect is involved with courier fraud has been re-bailed.
The London man was arrested in connection to 11 offences in Windsor during November and December last year, along with one in Oxford, one in Bracknell and two in Amersham.
He was arrested earlier this year and bailed until Thursday, March 13. This bail has now been extended until Wednesday, May 21.
Courier fraudsters tell their victims to call up their bank and cancel their cards - but then leave the lines open as the unsuspecting victim dials their bank's number.
The criminals then pose as bank staff and ask the victim to key in their PIN and card numbers into their phones, inform them their bank cards have been cancelled and say a courier will be sent to collect the cancelled card.
The organised criminals then arrive at the address, collect the card and walk away armed with all the details needs to withdraw cash from the account.
Superintendent Kate Ford, the local area commander for Windsor and Maidenhead, said: “The police, banks and card providers will never contact you in this manner. These are organised criminals who are trying to steal your money.”
If you receive such a call Supt Ford’s advice is to hang up and contact your bank using a different phone.
She added: “If you do not have a separate phone, ring a relative or friend and if you do not get them or their answer phone you know the offenders are still on the phone trying to defraud you.”
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