Brighton and Hove residents warned of scams

Sussex Police is warning Brighton and Hove residents to remain vigilant to scams.

Police are concerned, after people were contacted from someone pretending to be from the local council to say emergency work needed to be completed on their properties.

Sussex Police have received three reports of this offence between the 25-27 January. 

The first instance saw an elderly man contacted via telephone from someone requesting money for work required on his basement. 

The man recognised it was a scam and hung up the phone.

The following day a man attended an elderly woman’s address and stated urgent repair works were required.

The woman paid a total of £2,000 to the man.

On Wednesday (27 January) a man was approached outside his property and was asked for money, but no money was handed over.

Residents can protect themselves against scams by avoiding sending money to people they don’t know or by checking their identity.

It is also important to avoid sharing personal details and to be especially vigilant if someone calls asking about bank accounts or computer problems.

Police would like to hear from anyone else who may have fallen victim to this crime or anyone who can assist the ongoing investigation. 

You can report information online

 

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