POLICE are warning all residents, especially the elderly and anyone living alone, to be aware of a new type of scam which has been reported in the area.
This involves a telephone call, purporting to be from the Ministry of Justice, where you are told that you qualify for a refund on payment protection insurance (PPI).
The fraudster will tell you that, in order for your claim to be processed, you will have to pay a percentage of your refund upfront and that this should be in the form of UKASH vouchers, which are later collected by a courier.
As usual, scammers mainly target the elderly, so, if you are aware of any elderly residents who do not receive police community messaging, please alert them to this danger. The swindlers may use tactics such as asking you to call them back in order to satisfy yourself as to their identity.
If you have received a call of this nature or know anyone who has, please contact Sussex Police by calling 101.
Additionally, any victims should also report it to Action Fraud online, or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Meanwhile, Digital Outreach Ltd, a joint-venture social enterprise, has asked Neighbourhood Watch to draw attention to the potential disruption to Freeview services caused by the imminent roll-out of 4G mobile services locally.
Free help will be available from at800, which is an independent organisation created to ensure that these services are maintained during the transition, and further information is available on the at800 website – log on to www.at800.tv
• PCSO Ros Tite hosts her surgery between 3pm and 4pm on Monday, July 21, at the Maybridge Community Church, 77 The Strand, Maybridge, followed by Neighbourhood Panel meetings that evening – for Broadwater ward, between 7pm and 8pm, at the Broadwater Parish Centre, in Broadwater Road, Broadwater, and for the Durrington and Northbrook wards, between 7.30pm and 9pm at the Durrington Community Centre, in New Road, Durrington.