Man scammed out of £3,000 in Peacehaven

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A Peacehaven resident was scammed out of more than £3,000 when rogue traders demanded cash for drainage work - and even drove him to the bank so he could withdraw the money.

The 68-year-old resident was visited by two men on January 4 who told him they had been carrying out drainage work at an adjacent property and that work needed doing on his drains too, police said.

The following morning (January 5), police said they called again and took him to his bank in Brighton where he withdrew £3,250 cash and handed it over to them.

Police said the scammers were not content with that and then drove him to a branch of the same bank in Crawley where he tried to withdraw £4,500 from them.

Police said the cashier became suspicious and refused to hand over the cash and reported it to management.

Police were then informed.

Police are now reminding residents of the dangers of being taken in by rogue traders who demand cash for drainage work and asking bank staff to be aware of the scam, and wary if a vulnerable or elderly person asks to withdraw a large amount of money.

A Sussex Police spokesman said it was the first case of this type but warned bank staff and residents to remain vigilent.

He said: “We remind all residents, especially the elderly or those living alone, and their relatives, not to be taken in or intimidated by cold call approaches like this.

“Never agree to anything on the spot, and always look into all available information about anyone who contacts you in this way.

“Seek advice from neighbours, relatives, and the police if necessary.

“This is the first such call we have received recently, but we are also reminding all bank staff to be wary when elderly and vulnerable account holders come in to ask for large amounts of cash from their account.

“There is nothing to stop you querying the request if you are suspicious and we are glad that in Crawley just that happened.”

Anyone who saw two men acting suspicously in Peacehaven on Sunday evening January 4, or on the following morning, is asked to contact Sussex Police via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling its non emergency line on 101 quoting serial 807 of 5/1.

Anyone with suspicions about this type of approach can also contact the police at any time via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.