POLICE officers have paid a visit to a care home to warn residents about scams and fraud.

Police community support officers from Eastbourne Police met with residents of Homegate House after a number of them fell victim to a courier scam.

PCSO Natasha Slow said the purpose of the visit was to reassure the elderly residents.

“Several of the residents have been victim of scams,” she said. “One recently fell victim to a courier scam.

“Our aim was to give reassurance and spread awareness of scams. Residents were very grateful for our visit and discussed with us the scams they had been caught with.

“Thank you too for the lovely tea and biscuits too.”

The Argus: Police officers met with residents at Homegate House in EastbournePolice officers met with residents at Homegate House in Eastbourne

Police also reminded the public to continue to report potential scams.

“If you think you’ve uncovered a scam, been targeted by a scam or fallen victim to fraudsters, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at Action Fraud,” a police spokesman said.

“Call us on 101 if you know the suspect or they’re still in the area.

“Reporting crime, including fraud, is important. If you don’t tell the authorities, how do they know it’s happened and how can they do anything about it?

“Remember that if you’re a victim of a scam or an attempted scam, however minor, there may be hundreds or thousands of others in a similar position. Your information may form part of one big jigsaw and be vital to completing the picture.”

Earlier this month, Sussex Police issued a warning amid a rise in fraudulent text and email scams.

Each month, officers receive numerous reports of incidents involving fraudsters targeting residents in an attempt to defraud them.

The scams include phishing, social media hacking, anti-virus scams and messages from friends and family.