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Tuesday 21st September 2021
News and appeals Police and banks working to stop fraud against vulnerable people
Banking Protocol scheme alerts local police to suspected scams.
•202 emergency calls were made in Sussex between January and June 2021, protecting customers from losing an average of £11,115 to criminals.
•Use of the scheme has led to 10 arrests in Sussex in the first half of this year.
Branch staff at banks, building societies and Post Offices worked with the police to stop £1,268.182 of fraud through the Banking Protocol rapid scam response in Sussex in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures from UK Finance. In total, the scheme has prevented £174 million of fraud and led to 934 arrests since its national launch in 2016.
UK Finance is urging customers to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign, and remember a bank or the police will never ask you to transfer funds to another account or to withdraw cash to hand over to them for safe-keeping.
Case studies Romance scam
A woman tried to send an online payment of £2500 to the USA to a friend she had previously worked with in the UK. When the payment was blocked, she visited her local bank branch. She said she had been exchanging messages with this friend on a social media platform and that they had asked for the money to pay their hospital fees. Staff invoked the Banking Protocol, and the local police attended the branch. No money was lost to this scam.
A woman in her 80s received a telephone call from a male claiming to be from her bank. The male claimed there was an issue with the victim’s account and in order to help her with this he needed her to withdraw money (£2000) from her account. The victim was told to attend the bank to do so and call back when home for further instructions.
The victim attended the branch and staff confirmed to the victim that this man had not been in contact with them, and it was in fact a scam. The staff refused the withdrawal and invoked the Banking Protocol, alerting local police. Officers attended and offered fraud advice to the victim. The bank also put measures in place to further safeguard the victim from any future frauds.
A man in his 90s visited his local bank branch as an international payment he had attempted to make online had been stopped. He had been contacted by a company who wanted to sell shares that he held in America, saying he could get a return of £60,000 but had to send $7000 dollars which he would get back. Bank branch staff invoked the Banking Protocol and the police visited him at home. No money was lost and the police are investigating this company further.
Rogue trader scam
A woman in her 80s had builders explaining that they had been working on her neighbour’s roof and noticed that her roof also needed repairing. The victim offered to show the builders her property and they told the victim it was an urgent issue which needed to be fixed.
The builders quoted the work (£1500) and told the victim that they needed to take the payment in cash only. The victim explained that she would need to attend the bank to withdraw this.
At her local bank, the victim explained to bank staff what the money was for which made staff concerned it was a scam. Bank staff invoked the Banking Protocol, alerting the local police force and refused the transaction.
Officers attended and were able to offer the victim advice and ensured no suspects were still on the scene. Officers were also able to enquire with neighbours and ensure they were supporting the victim in future. A fraud caseworker has offered her ongoing support.
Public urged to be vigilant after people scammed on Facebook Marketplace
Police are warning people to be vigilant after a number of scams involving items being sold on Facebook Marketplace.
Officers across the county have recorded a spate of crimes in recent months in which the buyer, known as Peter Shyne, arrives at people’s houses after agreeing to purchase an item they advertised for sale.
Once they agree on a price, Shyne shows a payment being made using a banking app on his phone, followed by confirmation the transaction has gone through. When the money does not arrive in the buyer’s account immediately, he explains it sometimes takes a while and then leaves with the item. The seller later realises it was a fake account.
So far, scams have been reported involving an Apple Watch, a Nikon camera and accessories worth £1800, among other items.
The suspect is described as white, 5’ 10” to 6’ tall, of heavy build and with a strong Irish accent. He is usually wearing a baseball cap and a facemask.
Richard Bright given nine-year sentence for rape of woman in Worthing
A man who raped a woman in Worthing while he was on prison licence whilst serving a sentence for previous sexual assaults, has now been given a nine-year sentence.
Richard Bright, 49, of Marlborough Road, Lancing, was sentenced at Hove Crown Court on 3 September, having admitted raping the woman in her thirties, who was known to him, at an address in Worthing in October 2018. He will serve the first seven years in prison and the remaining two years will be spent on extended licence supervision.
He also remains a registered sex offender for life, and was given a renewed Sexual Harm Prevention Order, to run until further court order, severely restricting his contact with women and girls.
In March 2014 Bright, in his previous name of Clive Frost, and then living in Horsham, had been given a nine-year sentence after pleading guilty to nine offences of sexual assaults against an eight-year old girl known to him.
For information on how to report sexual offences and the support that is available, see the Sussex Police website.
Meadow Road, East Worthing – between 2000hrs 14th September and 0800hrs 15th September a Range Rover was stolen. Cad 0239 15/09/21.
Shandon Road, Broadwater – between midnight and 0930hrs 18th September, an insecure vehicle was entered and several items including a bag, some money and phone charger were stolen. Cad 0712 18/09/21.
Greenways Crescent, Shoreham – attempt theft from motor vehicle – a male was seen on ring doorbell footage trying car door handles at 0300hrs. All vehicles were secure and nothing was stolen. Investigations continue. Cad 0518 19/09/21.
Ashurst Drive, Goring by Sea – a Peugeot 2008 was stolen. Cad 0593 19/09/21.
Haynes Road, West Tarring – between 18th September and 1745hrs 20th September, the locks were broken on an outbuilding, nothing was stolen. Cad 1069 20/09/21.
Orchard Avenue, West Tarring – at 0140hrs 20th September a male was seen on ring doorbell footage trying car doors believe in an attempt to steal. Nothing believe to have been stolen. Investigations continue. Cad 1310 20/09/21.
Ashurst Drive, Goring by Sea – between 0615hrs and 0620hrs 19th September an insecure vehicle was entered and items including cash and a fire extinguisher were stolen. Cad 0095 21/09/21.
Goring Way, Goring by Sea – between 1900hrs 19th September and 0600hrs 20th September, an insecure car was entered and a wallet was taken. Cad 0133 21/09/21. Help us keep Sussex safe
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