Do you know who is at your door?
An elderly woman received a visit from an unknown male at her home address in Old Shoreham Roadon Monday 7 July. The man claimed to be a builder. The lady was distracted to her back garden by the caller asking to look at ladders when another male entered the address. Jewellery was stolen from the house. If you have any information with regard to this incident please contact us quoting serial 0877 of 07/07.
On Saturday 12 July in Wallace Avenue, Worthing, an elderly woman was called upon by a male asking if she had a contact number for a neighbour. The woman allowed the male in to her house and later reported a sum of cash had been stolen. It is believed a second suspect entered the house while the woman was distracted and stole the cash. If you have any information with regard to this incident please contact us quoting serial 0864 of 12/07.
To help reduce the risk of this happening to you, please follow this advice:
• Ask for ID
• Ask for a reason
• Ring the company they are from if you aren’t sure
• Don’t leave them alone
• Lock the door
To report any suspicious people, you can call 101 or in an emergency please call 999.
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Sussex Police are reminding all residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, not to be taken in by a new type of scam that has been reported in the West Sussex area.
If you or any of your relatives or friends are(or have been) telephoned by the Ministry of Justice and told you qualify for a refund on payment protection insurance (PPI) this will be a scam.
The scammer will ask that in order for your claim to be processed you have to pay a percentage of your payout up front and that this should be in the form of UKASH vouchers. They then send a courier to attend the home address of the victim and collect the vouchers or access the code for these vouchers in order to claim the money. These scammers may call you on more than on one occasion and be persuasive or persistent in their calls. They may also suggest you call them back in order to ‘prove’ their identification. Please do not be taken in by these tactics.
To date there have been three reports of this particular MO; in Bognor, Littlehampton and Midhurst. If you have received a call of this nature or know anyone who has, please contact Sussex Police on 101 and report it to action fraud. In an emergency always dial 999.
The members of the community who seem to have been targeted are the elderly. Please make sure that if you know of any elderly residents who may not receive messages through community messaging that you inform them to be vigilant of this particular type of scam.
Detective Inspector Jim McKnight said: “These are wicked crimes that target some of our most vulnerable people. The impact on the victims is not only a financial one but can also have detrimentally affects on confidence and physical well being. The contact between the victim and the criminal can be a one off or can be very regular covering days and weeks. Please be aware to any signs of this or similar activity taking place – bring it to a halt and contact Police who will investigate the matter whilst providing advice, and assistance.”