Police urge residents to be vigilant to scam callers

Bexhill police have again issued a stark warning to local residents to remain vigilant to telephone scams that have seen fraudsters swindle people out of thousands of pounds in recent months.

Sergeant Mark Evans of Bexhill Policing Team said despite repeated warnings about criminal activity people are still being conned. Common ploys include tricking people into handing over credit card details over the phone or bluffing their way into homes. He said: “Fraudsters call the victim claiming to be from either the police or a bank. They say their card details have been fraudulently used and that they need to act urgently. They suggest they hang up and ring the bank or police back to ensure that the call is genuine. Don’t be fooled - they stay on the line and pretend to be the police or the bank. They tell the intended victim to key in or read out their PIN number. They then send a taxi or courier, who may know nothing about the crime, to collect the bank card. With this and the PIN they will then have full access to spend your money.

“The police or bank will never phone you and ask for your pin number. Remember to be vigilant and spread the message to family and friends.”

Last December a pensioner lost £6,500 to a man who visited her home and pretended to be a police officer.

Report suspicious activity to the police on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.