Tuesday 25th September 2018
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Police warning as telephone fraudsters net tens of thousands across Sussex
Police are reminding Sussex residents, especially the elderly, to stay on the alert for bogus phone calls and visitors after a number of cases over the last month.
In each case residents have received phone calls from someone purporting to be from their bank or from the Metropolitan Police, either saying that there were problems with their credit or debit card accounts or that they were investigating a case of fraud.
In some cases, the caller has claimed to come from Barclays Bank asking if the victim banks with them. When this is confirmed, they are asked to phone customer service with the number on the rear of their card, but the phone is not disconnected, a second person 'answers' and the victim is fooled into believing that they are talking to their bank, being persuaded to reveal PIN verification and other details and ultimately handing over their bank cards to a false courier.
Thousands of pounds have been withdrawn in Worthing, Shoreham and Hove recently.
A couple from Goring were defrauded out of more than £8000 by a man claiming to be from Santander Bank, who said he was trying to protect their money from fraud by a bank employee.
PC Bernadette Lawrie, the Sussex Police financial abuse safeguarding officer said: "Remember, your bank or the police or any other organisation will ever ask for your PIN or bank card – do not give them to anybody!"
Click here for further advice and information on preventing this type of fraud.
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Sussex Police launch rural crime strategy
On Friday (September 20), Sussex Police launched its new rural crime strategy outlining how it aims to keep all those in rural communities safe and detailing how it aims to tackle those who commit crime in the countryside.
With large rural areas and significant numbers of the population defined as living in rural settlements, Sussex Police has had an established network of rural and wildlife officers specifically trained to deal with agricultural, environmental, heritage and wildlife incidents for several years.
You can find more advice on rural crime here.
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Alerts/Press Releases sent out this week click the link to see full details.
Reference: 1168 20th September
Location: Manor Way, Henfield
Date and time: Between 1900hrs – 1945hrs 20th September
Details: Access gained to property via front window which was left open, a search was made and cash was stolen.
Other than Dwelling
Reference: 0411 17th September
Location: Springfield Park, Horsham
Date and time: Between 15th and 16th September
Details: A window in a garage was broken and a pedal cycle was stolen.
Reference: 0087 24th September
Location: Guildford Road, Broadbridge Heath
Date and time: Between 21st and 22nd September
Details: Garden shed was entered and lawn mower stolen.
September Fraud Newsletter
There has been a slight rise in courier fraud. This months Keep your Money Safe looks at a couple of cases where victims suffered substantial financial losses. Elderly people get a phone call claiming to be from their bank advising they need to return their bank cards. They then send a ‘courier’ to collect the cards and or cash from the victim’s home address.
Where the victim has not cancelled the cards, attempts and withdrawals have been made using the card. In some cases the victims have also provided their PINs to the courier.
Fraudsters often try to trick older people out of their money by telephoning them at home and pretending to be someone trustworthy.
They use well-rehearsed stories, designed to gain their victim’s trust, for example pretending to be police officers who have just arrested someone using a copy of your bank card and alerting you that your money is in danger, or pretending to be from your phone or computer service provider and claiming that there is a problem with your system that they need to fix.
Fraudsters often claim to be officials and can seem very genuine, but you should always bear in mind that callers may not be who they claim to be, even if they already seem to know details such as your name and address.
The latest most recent fraud is reading through the obituary pages and calling elderly and vulnerable persons claiming to be from BT and scamming people out of thousands of pounds.
- NEVER give personal information, such as your date of birth or bank details, to unexpected callers.
- NEVER allow an unexpected caller to talk you through processes on your computer, like downloading new software or accessing your online bank account.
- For more information on telephone fraud, please click on the link or see our website for the full fraud page. Also the little book of big scams can be downloaded.
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