ROCUWM along with our regional forces participated in the National anti-fraud campaign Project Otello earlier in the year.
First target was Courier fraud.
Suspect contacts victims by telephone claiming to be a Police Officer or bank staff
Victim persuaded to co-operate with an ‘operation’ designed to gather evidence, identify offenders responsible for a fictional offence, or told their money is at risk
Victims told to; withdraw money from their bank, purchase an expensive item, or provide their bank card/details
Money or item is then handed to a ‘courier’ who attends the victim’s address or meets them nearby
Three other Fraud campaigns will take place later in the year around different types of fraud.