FRAUDULENT phone scammers have been targeting households across Bognor Regis.
More than half-a-dozen incidents reported in the past two days Sussex Police revelled today (Tuesday, April 15).
Frequently, the bogus caller claims to be a PC Baker from Paddington Green police station, investigating suspicious use of bank cards at a leading London department store, or may pretend to be a bank official.
The intended victim is then asked to disclose personal details or to withdraw money from their bank account which an authorised courier or taxi driver will then collect.
PC Emma MacSweeney, of the Arun District Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Fortunately no one has so far fallen for the most recent attempts, even though it appears the fraudster is trying to take advantage of elderly people who may more easily be confused.
“Under no circumstances would the police arrange collection of bank cards or money from your home address in this manner.
“Never give out your bank details to someone who has telephoned you. If you have any suspicions please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank.
“If possible, use another phone to contact the police to report it or to contact a friend or relative to alert them. If you are unable to do this, then delay calling back by at least 10 minutes.”
Police are also asking taxi firms and drivers to be aware of calls asking them to collect packages and drop them to another location.
If you suspect a vulnerable person is subject to a scam, please report it to police as soon as possible.
If you or someone you know have received similar calls or know someone who has been a victim of this type of crime, contact Sussex Police via 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting Operation Edisto.
You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.