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Bank tellers save 83-year-old woman from £2,500 fraud
7:01pm Friday 4th July 2014 in News
BANK staff managed to foil an attempted fraud on an 83-year-old woman.
Quick-thinking staff in a Hove bank alerted police after the woman from Portslade came in to ask for £2,500 in cash.
She had been told on the telephone that she needed urgent guttering and fascia board repairs to her home and would need to pay cash.
Officers attended her address and stopped a suspicious vehicle nearby, arresting both its occupants on suspicion of attempted fraud.
A 54-year-old man from Portslade-by-Sea and a 48-year-old man from Brighton were interviewed and released on bail until August 31while enquiries continue.
Sergeant Mark Collins, of Brighton's Neighbourhood Response Team, said: "We want to encourage everyone to continue to resist telephone calls like these, which look to exploit elderly and vulnerable people."
"If you ever doubt the credentials or intentions of anybody calling on you, or you get a suspicious phone call asking for bank details or instructing you to withdraw money, we urge you to contact police immediately. No genuine organisation would ever act in this way.
"If somebody is at your door, or if you believe somebody is on their way to your address expecting to collect money or bank details from you, call police on 999 immediately."