Police issue courier fraud warning in Hampshire
Police have urged Hampshire residents to remain vigilant following 17 reports of courier fraud since the start of August.
This type of fraud typically sees a victim receive an unexpected call from someone who purports to be a police officer, a staff member from their local bank, or an employee from an internet or phone provider.
Victims, who have been told that their account has been subject to fraudulent activity, are then asked to provide financial details, withdraw money from their bank, buy high value goods or grant the caller access to their computer or phone.
Victims are then told to hand over money or an expensive item to a fraudulent courier, who will typically come to their home to collect it.
Officers are urging people to not engage with these type of calls.
Those targeted are typically elderly and officers are asking anyone with an elderly relative, loved one, friend or associate to please make them aware of this scam.