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21 December 2010, 14:21
POLICE are warning businesses to be on their guard after a business was tricked into handing over cash for a bogus parcel.
On Friday, December 17, the fraudsters delivered a parcel to a beauty salon on the High Street, Old Stevenage, claiming it was for a neighbouring shop. They were asked to take it in but they needed to pay a quantity of cash on receipt.
Believing they could recoup the money from the other shop, they paid up only to find the other business had no knowledge of the parcel – which was later found to contain worthless pieces of paper.
Stevenage Neighbourhood Officer PC Andy Keenan said: “If you are contacted in any way – by phone or by someone coming through the door who asks you to accept a parcel for cash on someone else’s behalf, do not hand over any money unless you are absolutely convinced it is a genuine delivery. "
“Con people come in all shapes and sizes and may appear incredibly genuine on the surface – but please be on your guard. If you think you may have been a victim of a similar scam, contact us by ringing the non-emergency number 0845 33 00 222.”