A Bexhill resident has successfully evaded a fraudster’s bid to steal bank details by posing as a caller from a satellite television company.
It happened on Friday (25 April) and the resident rightly refused to answer questions after becoming suspicious.
Local police say it is the latest in a series of attempts to dupe people into parting with personal information by pretending to be someone official.
The trickster will often claim to be a police officer or bank employee in order to tease details from unsuspecting targets. The claim to be from Sky TV is the latest scam.
In December a pensioner lost £6,500 to a man who visited her home pretending to be a police officer. A police spokesman said: “We urge people to stay vigilant and to never pass on bank or card details over the telephone. Legitimate organisations would never ask for this sort of information in this way.” Anyone receiving such calls should wait at least 10 minutes for their line to clear, or use a mobile or alternative line, and then phone Sussex Police on 101 to report their suspicions. They can also email email@example.com, and quote Operation Edisto.