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A pensioner duped out of hundreds of pounds by a phone con has warned other residents to be wary of thieves posing as police officers.
The 85-year-old from Birmingham handed over his bank card and PIN to "convincing" bogus detectives who called claiming his account had been hacked by card cloners
Protect yourself against courier fraud:
1) Your bank or police will never send a courier to your home to collect bank cards
2) Your bank or police will never ask for your PIN number
3) If you receive one of these calls end it immediately.
Fraud investigators have reported a surge in reports from residents in the West Midlands who have been stung by a "Courier Scam" which sees tricksters talking vulnerable people into handing over bank cards and PIN numbers.
The scam involves callers posing as police officers and panicking targets into believing their bank account has been hacked and that they need to seize the cards and security details, including PIN numbers, to stop further fraudulent transactions.