An elderly lady from Crowborough narrowly escaped being defrauded out of £9,000 due to the diligence of her bank yesterday (Thursday 15th June).
Prior to visiting the bank to transfer funds from one account to another, she had received a phone call from, as it turned out, scammers. They had convinced her she needed to make this transaction, to leave her computer on at home while she did so, and then to return home to call them once completed and to write this on her computer screen. Luckily the bank cashier realised something was wrong and contacted police straight away. The matter has since been referred to Action Fraud to pursue.
In their weekly community message Wealden Police are reminding people to keep an eye on their elderly relatives, friends or neighbours who may be at risk of being taken in by these scammers. Some of them can be very convincing and Police have said they receive many reports of people losing thousands as a result.
To report a similar incident please contact Sussex Police by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 101, quoting reference 840 of 15/06.
Crowborough Town Council are hosting a free scams awareness session on 18th July – click here for more details.