Woman charged in connection with courier fraud

A woman has been charged in connection with courier fraud after pensioners in the region were conned out of £16,000.

Renee Cardin is accused of being involved in a scam where victims were contacted by someone purporting to be from the police and told the cash in their account is now counterfeit.

Three woman - aged between 68 and 85 - were tricked into withdrawing money so it could be collected by a courier to be replaced.

In total £16,000 was conned from the victims between 19 and 21 April; and following enquiries we've arrested and charged Cardin this week in connection with the scams.

The 22-year-old of Cowles Croft, Birmingham, was charged with three counts of fraud and possession of criminal property. She was also charged with possession of cannabis to appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court today (30 April).

Enquiries around half-a-dozen other reports of courier fraud in the West Midlands are continuing.

To report an incident call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or contact us via Live Chat or by calling 101.

We're reminding people to be on their guard against scams and giving this advice. 

*A police officer or government official will never ask you to withdraw money to collect for evidence. A police officer would never ask you to buy expensive items to clear criminal funds.

*If an individual asks you to provide your PIN number, other passwords or give your bank card to them through a courier, this is a scam.

*If you receive a call asking you to provide large amounts of money and they threaten you to not tell anyone, this is not a government official, this is a scam.

*If someone who has asked you for money tells you to lie to the bank or the police, this is a scam.

*‘If the bank or police call you unexpectedly and ask for personal or financial information ask for their name and number. Make sure you call them back on a different phone either using the banks number on their verified website and the police using the 101 number.’

*Speak to friends and family before you carry out any requests, just because they state they are from the bank or police does not mean they are.

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