HAILSHAM: Police quiz pair over suspected bank fraud

TWO SUSPECTED bank fraudsters have been arrested after trying to scam money from an old person’s bank account.

A 27-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman from Hailsham were arrested on August 15 on suspicion of fraud after bank staff became suspicious about an elderly customer’s account.

Sussex Police, along with East Sussex County Council Trading Standards, launched an investigation and with the help of the NatWest Bank discovered the victim had been persuaded to part with a significant sum of money for work allegedly carried out on his gutters.

The local man and woman have been bailed until October 21 pending further enquiries.

Cllr Carl Maynard, Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at the County Council said, “We are very concerned about the sales tactics of some companies, especially when they are dealing with elderly or vulnerable people in our communities.

“The law gives consumers seven calendar days to cancel contracts signed in the home where the cost of the work is more than £35. This cooling-off period gives you the chance to compare product and price and to discuss it with someone you trust.”

“The trader is required to give you a copy of your cancellation rights in writing when you agree to have any work done. It’s a criminal offence if they don’t.

“If you are not offered this information about your rights in writing at the time of agreeing to have work done - don’t deal with them and report them to trading standards.”

Advice can be found on the council’s website at www.eastsussex.gov.uk/buywithconfidence.