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Chief Inspector Sharon Woolrich

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TRADING Standards are investigating after an elderly man was tricked into parting with £3,000 by bogus clairvoyants.

More than 100 people received the scam mail in West Sussex since December.

Trading Standards say one of the victims is an 83-year-old man who lives in a nursing home, near Chichester. He was tricked into sending more than £3,000 to bogus clairvoyants to purchase talisman good luck charms for between £20 and £40 each and to obtain reports about the future.

He has now stopped sending money and is helping Trading Standards by collecting the mail he receives and handing it over to officers from the service.

Officers have warned people not to send money to anywhere that offers prize draw wins, lotteries or other scams.

Call the Citizens’ Advice Consumer Helpline for advice on 03454 04 05 06 if you fear you are being targeted.