TIM DREW: Scam warning is issued by police

POLICE officers are currently warning of a telephone scam which is being used by fraudsters to defraud elderly and vulnerable victims of their savings.

They are asking the friends and relatives of the elderly to make them aware of the scam, how it works and what to do if they are targeted.

The fraudster first telephones you claiming to be from the Serious Fraud Office, your bank or the police.

He tells you that your bank account has been compromised and, in order to convince you of his good faith, suggests that you hang up and ring your bank or the police straight back.

However, he does not disconnect the call, which means that, even though you will have used the correct telephone numbers, all you will have done is to re-connect with the fraudster.

You will then be asked for your account details and PIN number, which you may be asked to type on your phone keypad.

Sometimes, a taxi or courier will be sent to collect your bank card. Either way, your account will then be emptied.

Over the past two years, ‘courier fraud’ has claimed 2,229 victims, of whom many were elderly.

Police estimate that they have been conned out of millions of pounds, one victim losing £155,000.

The rule is, therefore, always to hang up immediately if anyone asks you for your bank card details, if you have not made the initial call. Do remember that the banks and police will NEVER ask for them.

n PSCO Carol Fulcher (Goring) will hold her surgery between 3pm and 4pm on Monday, outside the shops in Mulberry Lane and PCSO Cathy Dines (Gaisford) will hold hers between 11am and noon at the Bowling Club, 78 Pavilion Road.

n The next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting for Goring ward is to take place that evening between 7pm and 8pm at the Worthing Leisure Centre, Shaftesbury Avenue, Worthing.