THE police are warning people in Alresford after incidents of courier fraud.

The conmen also struck in Farnborough and one victim lost £6,500.

The crimes commonly involve an unexpected call from someone who claims to be a police officer or a staff member from a bank, HMRC or internet or phone provider. They then tell the victim that their account is subject to fraud and request that they assist them with the investigation.

Victims have been directed to withdraw money or buy goods, or a courier has been sent to their home to collect the goods, cash or bank cards. They have also been directed to send them to a nominated address.

Hampshire Constabulary received three reports of suspected courier fraud last week at some time between Wednesday July 14 and Thursday July 15.

All of the victims were aged between 70 and 90 with one incident in Farnborough and the other two in Alresford.