They target the most vulnerable and trusting people in our communities, using the goodwill of the elderly to con them out of their hard-earned savings. Tonight the police are warning about the dramatic increase in scams.
There has been almost a thousand cases of so-called 'Courier Fraud' in Sussex alone in the past five months. That's where people are tricked into handing over credit or debit cards, cash and PIN numbers to someone posing as a police officer or bank official.
The police say the sheer variety of these scams are now so elaborate - everyone is a potential victim.
Andy Dickenson reports and we hear from 87-year-old scam victim Dennis, PC Bernadette Lawrie, and fraud victim Helen Brown.
Detectives investigating the theft of a tablet device from Tunbridge Wells have recovered the device after the owner tracked it to London.
Detectives from Tonbridge police station attended an address in Lewisham and seized the tablet, which was packaged up, ready to be posted abroad. A 65-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft, and was later released on bail.
Kent Police said: ‘This is a fantastic example of how important it is for tablet and mobile phone owners to take advantage of the tracking applications that are available for devices that have GPS capability. In this case the victim tracked the iPad and kept us updated with its location."