Councillor almost fell victim to phone scam

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CON artists targeted a county councillor in a telephone scam he is trying to crack down 

West Sussex residents have been hit hard in the past two months by scammers calling to say they are police and they need their bank details and the council has been raising awareness of it.

Some people have fallen for the con and handed over large sums of money to couriers who turn up at their homes.

Speaking out during Scams Awareness Month County Councillor Graham Jones said: ‘A female alleging to be a police officer from Paddington police station phoned to inform me that they had someone in custody who had been arrested with a number of cloned bank cards in his possession, one of which was mine.

‘I was urged to contact my bank immediately. The lady was insistent and extremely pushy, choosing not to empathise with my situation but rather stress that I got in touch with my bank.’

Cllr Jones quickly realised it was a scam and contacted Sussex Police who confirmed his fears.

For advice call Trading Standards via Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 04 05 06 or police on 101.