Morning raids see three arrested over Gravesend and Dartford courier frauds

PUBLISHED: 13:54 19 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:54 19 November 2013

Early morning raids saw three people arrested for a series of frauds targeting elderly people in Gravesend and Dartford last week.

A 17-year-old boy and 19-year-old man, both from Holloway, in Islington, and a 21-year-old woman, from Hornchurch, in Havering, were arrested by officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

Kent Police continue to investigate a number of courier frauds, in which elderly or vulnerable people are called by scammers who claim their bank cards are being used illegally.

The victim is told to call their bank, but the caller remains on the line and obtains account information and PIN numbers. Cash is then withdrawn from the card after a courier or taxi is sent to collect it from the victim.

Det Sgt Adrian Brown said: “I would like to remind members of the public not to disclose their personal details over the telephone to any cold caller. Neither the bank nor Kent Police will ask people to disclose their personal details over the phone.”

All three people arrested last week have been bailed until January 22, pending further enquiries.

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