MP highlights concerns over phone scams

David Ward MP Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Bradford East MP David Ward has urged friends and family of elderly or vulnerable people to make sure that they are aware of a possible phone scam currently effecting thousands of people up and down the country and how to prevent them.

Police have warned Ofcom, the Communications watchdog, of a successful phone scam where fraudsters use courier firms to help defraud elderly and vulnerable victims of their life savings.

Over the past two years ‘Courier Fraud’ has claimed 2,229 victims, most of whom were elderly. Police estimate that consumers have been defrauded out of millions of pounds, with one victim alone losing £155,000.

“Thousands of vulnerable people are becoming victims of these abhorrent phone scams. We must all do our bit to ensure that our nearest and dearest are aware of these phone scams and have the tools and knowledge available to them to help avoid falling prey to them " said Mr Ward.**

“I would urge those that have information on phone scams to contact Bradford police on the non-emergency number 101 or call 999 if the crime is in action”.**