Phone bank card scams have been making the rounds for years, with scammers preying on victims by calling them up on their phones, posing as police officers or other law officials. The fraudsters will claim that the person’s card is somehow involved in a crime and that it need to be picked up in order to be processed by the authorities. The fake police would then ask the person to divulge their pin as a “courier” is despatched to collect their bank card supposedly required as evidence. While the scam has been a relatively common one throughout the UK, last week, student Zain Hussain, 18, from Woodall Road in Aston and Mohammed Hussain, 19, from Holte Road in Aston has been charged for their involvement in the running of the scam in Birmingham.
The police made a move in their investigation after over 100 reported cases of so-called courier fraud in the West Midlands were reported so far this year.
A 20-year-old man was also arrested in London and is still being questioned in the West Midlands. A 58-year-old man arrested in Wednesbury has been released on bail pending further inquiries.