Lancing pensioner scammed out of thousands

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Police SUS-150806-131342001

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman from Lancing was tricked into handing over £7,400 cash.

The 75-year-old victim, of Herbert Road, was called at her home address at around 2pm on Tuesday (October 27) by a man claiming to be from the Visa Special Investigation Fraud Team.

He encouraged her to call police on 161 to verify his story, but he did not hang up.

The victim called the number and a woman introduced herself as a ‘police constable’ before passing her onto a ‘detective’. He then verified a fraud investigation was underway and told the victim she could help by withdrawing thousands of pounds from her bank.

The woman took out the maximum amount she could and was told a courier would collect the cash later that evening.

A man arrived at around 8pm to take the money. He is described as asian, between 18 to 19 years old, of slim build with short hair that was brushed forward. He was wearing a dark body warmer and jeans.

Detective Constable Jennie Hutchinson said: “We want to raise awareness of this scam and would urge people to be vigilant.”

Anyone who saw what happened should email or call 101 quoting Operation Edisto.

You can read more about Operation Edisto, and find out how best to identify potential scams, by visiting

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