A resident is urging the community to be aware of a card scam after he was asked for personal details by a caller who claimed he had won a substantial amount of money.
Derek Paynter said the man knew his name, address, who he banked with and some of his card details when he phoned him this week.
The 65-year-old said, “He told me I had been awarded by the government a substantial amount of money. I said if there was a cheque for me to put it in the post.”
Mr Paynter said he was asked for his card number to verify he was the person the caller was speaking to but he refused, adding, “I’m a bit streetwise and I used to be in security but the problem is there are a lot of people in Eastbourne that are more vulnerable.”
The police said there had been a number of scams reported to them this year in which a caller said they were from the bank or the police force and tried to obtain card details.
Detective Chief Inspector Ali Eaton from the Surrey and Sussex Police Specialist Crime Command said, “Under no circumstances would the police or your bank request your pin number over the telephone or arrange collection of your bank cards from your home address in this manner.
“Never give out your bank details to someone who has contacted you on your home phone unsolicited.”
For on-line advice on fraud prevention go to: www.sussex.police.uk