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Monday, 27 February 2017

Man sought in connection with courier fraud offences in Croydon

CCTV footage of a man allegedly involved in a series of bank courier frauds across Croydon has been released.

Police believe he has withdrawn thousands of pounds from various victims’ bank accounts, after deceiving elderly women.

In one instance he withdrew £5,600 from a cash point at Barclays in Thornton Heath, after coning a 70 year-old woman.

On Monday, the 14th of November at approximately 10am, an elderly woman in her 80s was deceived into handing over her bank cards, along with her PIN number.

She received a phone call from a man claiming to be from her bank. He stated he needed to collect her cards from her home address in order for him to provide her with new cards the following day.

The next day the victim attended her bank to enquire when she would receive her new bank cards as the man had failed to return them.

A member of staff became concerned and checked her account and the victim was told £1,000 had been taken out the day before in a Beckenham branch of Barclays Bank. CCTV clearly shows the suspect withdrawing money both inside and outside of the bank.

On Friday, the 6th of January, police were called at around 3pm to reports of a courier fraud at an address on Thornton Heath.

At 11am, a woman in her 70s received a phone call from a man claiming to be from her bank.

The man stated there was an issue with all her bank cards and he would need to arrange for a courier to come round to collect them, along with her PIN. A short while later a man attended her home and collected the cards and PINs.

The suspect withdrew £5,600 from a cash point at Barclays in Thornton Heath.

Analysis of CCTV from within the bank captured a man withdrawing money from the victim's account at approximately 12.30pm.

On Monday, the 23rd of January another elderly woman, aged in her 80s, received a phone call at approximately 2pm advising her that fraud had been committed on her bank account and the cards would be collected by a courier.

The suspect kept the victim on the phone for over two hours and warned her if she didn't comply with him she would be arrested and sent to prison.

The man collected her cards and withdrew £500 from her account at a cash point in Norbury.

The suspect is described as a black man, around 5ft 8ins to 6ft tall, with dreadlocks/braids tied up at the back. During one of the incidents he wore glasses and distinctive red tracksuit bottoms with the number 23 in white on the right thigh.

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may recognise the man shown on the CCTV footage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Natalie Reseigh from Croydon CID via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

To prevent becoming a victim of courier fraud, police are asking for the public to be aware of the following crime prevention reminders:

- Police and banks will never ask for your PIN or bank card
- Never give your PIN or bank card to anyone
- If you are contacted by someone who asks for these, hang up
- Use a different line to report it to police on 101 or allow at least five minutes for the line to automatically clear. Call 999 if the crime is in action.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 7:39 am  

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