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Courier conmen swindle woman out of £9,000 and nearly get £40,000 more

Courier conmen swindle woman out of £9,000 and nearly get £40,000 more

Simon Meechan

Courier fraudsters have targeted the Royal Borough again with one victim swindled out of £9,000 and nearly £40,000 more.

Police say fraudsters posing as Metropolitan police officers called a woman in Maidenhead Road, Cookham, on Thursday, October 9.

The bogus officers said her bank account had been targeted in a fraud and asked her to withdraw up to £9,000. The woman withdrew £9,000 from her building society in Bourne End. Later that day a courier arrived at her home to take the cash.

On Saturday the same woman was asked to clear her life savings from her bank. She withdrew £40,000 in cash. She then rang the real police, who told her she was being scammed.

The police attended and the £40,000 was paid back into her bank, but she lost the £9,000.

On Friday, a man in Kings Road, Windsor was called by a scammer pretending to be a Lloyd's Bank manager, who said the man's Gold Card had expired.

The fraudsters sent a woman to collect the  card. She returned to Kings Road half-an-hour later saying the man had handed over the wrong card.  He then gave her another bank card.

The victim went to his bank and discovered £5,000 had been withdrawn from a post office in West Croydon and £200 in Hammersmith.

Courier fraud has blighted to the borough in 2014, with 41 cases reported between November 2013 and March 2014.

Thames Valley Police say they will never ask residents to hand over cash or cards at their homes or on the street.

The force adds: "Your bank or the police will never ask for your PIN card or bank card. Don't give them to anybody."

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