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Don't fall victim to phone fraud, warns Sussex Police

A court has been hearing how a gang of fraudsters targeted a vulnerable pensioner in Sussex and tried to trick him out of four thousand pounds.

He withdrew the money from his bank, but his wife became suspicious and called the police.

Today, the man who acted as the courier, sent to collect the cash, was jailed for eight months.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Jeff Green, the victim of the scam, and DC James Gwynne of Sussex Police.

Appeal following bank card fraud

Police want to speak to these two men in connection with a bank card fraud Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police in Winchester are releasing an image of two men that they would like to speak to after an 81 year-old woman had nearly £3,000 stolen from her bank account in Winchester. At around 11am on Friday, April 10 the victim went to Barclays on Jewry Street to withdraw cash.

She used the cash machine outside and reported that her cash card was swapped by somebody while she was distracted.

The card was then used to withdraw £2,200 from two cash machines at the bank. A transaction of £634 was then made at the nearby Jack Wills store. A further transaction at Moss Bros was declined.

Police have released an image of two men they would like to speak to, who were seen in the bank at the time,

The first man is described as:

  • Aged in his late 30's or early 40's.
  • He was tall and slim and was wearing thick framed glasses.
  • He was wearing a grey suit with a light blue shirt with no tie.
  • He was carrying a tan leather briefcase.

The second man is described as:

  • Aged in his late 30's or early 40's.
  • He was tall and slim.He was wearing a navy jacket, dark trousers, and white trainers.
  • The two men were seen in the area around the bank with another man of a similar age who was carrying a black rucksack, and a woman who had dark hair pulled into a ponytail.

"Distraction thefts are thankfully rare and I believe whoever is responsible will have attempted a similar scam elsewhere. This is a crime that has targetted an elderly vulnerable victim with no regard to the implication of these actions. I would take this opportunity to remind anyone using an ATM to shield their PIN as they enter it. Use an ATM inside a bank if possible. Be aware of whether people are trying to look over your shoulder, and always be vigilant when handling cash in public".

– Investigating officer PC Dom Doyle