An 82-year-old man was tricked into handing over his cash card and account details to someone claiming to work for his bank.
The victim was phoned at his home in Wykeham Road, Hastings at about noon on Tuesday, January 13 by a man who claimed to be from his bank and said his debit card needed to be replaced.
The pensioner was tricked into giving his account details over the phone and was then told to give his debit card to a courier who arrived at his door. The courier then left with the card, which was used shortly afterwards to make purchases worth more than £1,400.
The courier is described as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s, who was tall and of average build. He wore green and yellow clothing and may have worn a bobble hat.
Later that day a similar attempt was made at a home in Beaufort Road, St Leonards, but the resident in that case saw through the scam.
Detective inspector Gavin Patch said: “Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your PIN number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address.
“Never give out your bank details or hand over your bank cards to someone who has contacted you in this way. If you have any suspicions, please do not use the phone you have just been called on to contact the police or your bank, in case the offenders are still on the line. If you know anything about the scams or those involved, email email@example.com quoting Operation Edisto, call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”