Sussex Police warn elderly over telephone money con

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FRAUDSTERS have been targeting elderly people in a telephone scam.

Sussex Police have issued a warning after an elderly Chichester man was conned out of £2,800 by a man claiming he was from the Ministry of Finance in Manchester.

Other West Sussex residents have reported being asked to send money through Western Union, MoneyGram or Ukash to release money they are told they are personally owed.

The scammers often use bullying tactics and are forceful and impatient with their requests for the money transfer and even make several calls to the victim ensuring that they must pay the money as soon as possible.

The calls are usually made from telephone numbers beginning with 002 which are impossible to trace.

PC Jayne Sharpe has urged people to stop and think that if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

She said: ‘Keep your personal details and finances safe and never agree to any financial transaction over the phone with someone you don’t know.’