June 13, 2014 – The Week in Phone Fraud

In honor of our expansion into the UK this week, this post is focused on the latest phone fraud news coming out of the UK.

On Tuesday, Gloucestershire celebrated their inaugural Courier Fraud Awareness day with an advisory in the Stroud News & Journal. A staff writer for the publication warned residents of the impending threat of the popular phone scam, highlighting its growth with over 2,500 offenses reported to the Metropolitan Police last year. This particular fraud utilizes courier firms to help defraud elderly and vulnerable victims of their life savings.

On Thursday, the Falmouth Packet also reported on courier fraud, diving into the personal struggles of one victim defrauded of £130,000 ($176,335). A staff writer for the publication mentioned that Police Officers were also aware of at least five other residents being targeted in Helston this week, including a couple in their 80s losing £15,000 ($20,346).

Full Breakdown of This Week’s Phone Fraud News

Falmouth Packet: Elderly Helston woman scammed out of £130,000 in bogus police scam– June 12, 2014

Florida Today: Melbourne Beef ‘O’ Brady’s target of FPL customer scam – June 12, 2014

Blufton Today: Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office warns of phone scam – June 11, 2014

Bendigo Advertiser: Beware those phone scams are active – June 11, 2014

Stroud News & Journal: How thieves are using courier fraud in Gloucestershire -June 10, 2014

CBS Local: Pennsylvanians Cautioned About Medical Phone Scam – June 10, 2014

Guardian Series: Police have revealed that around ten people a week are targeted by fraudsters over the phone in Waltham Forest – June 9, 2014

U TV: Warning over ‘courier’ bank fraud – June 9, 2014