Police have issued a warning after bogus phone callers targeted a number of homes in Eastbourne yesterday (June 11).
A total of 18 incidents were reported to Sussex Police on Wednesday, with each case seeing a potential victim receiving a phone call from a person purporting to be ‘Max Morris’, who spoke with an American accent.
The man said he was calling from ‘Coopers Law Firm’ and then stated the person was involved in a case going to court against or involving them and that they had to call back on a number given. Most of the messages were left on answer phones.
Thankfully, none of the Eastbourne residents who reported the incidents rang the number the bogus caller provided. Some tried to dial 1471 but the number was withheld.
A Sussex Police spokesman said, “We urge anyone hearing about these calls to pass the message on to any friends and relatives who may not be aware of this particular type of targeted fraud, to prevent any vulnerable friends or family members from becoming victims.”
The motive for the calls is not clear, although it is suspected that some type of fraud was intended.
Anyone receiving such calls should contact Sussex Police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.