Sussex

Sussex couple conned out of £50,000 life savings

An elderly partially-sighted man and his wife have been conned out of their life savings of more than £50,000 in a "despicable" fraud, police said.

The man, from Bosham, was telephoned by someone claiming to be from Lloyds TSB who persuaded him to hand over his bank card and tell them his PIN.

He later discovered massive amounts of money had been withdrawn.

Det Sgt Colin O'Hare, of Sussex Police, said: "The people who carried this out were extremely clever and plausible."

The man had been told by the person phoning him that there was a problem with his bank card.

'Vulnerable couple'

He arranged for a "courier" to collect his card and give him a replacement, persuading him to disclose his PIN during their conversation.

He discovered the fraud several days later.

Det Sgt O'Hare said: "This was a despicable fraud where a vulnerable and very elderly couple has been targeted and conned out of their savings.

"We are hoping that someone in the High Street/Shore Road area of Bosham may have seen the 'courier' who went to the address to exchange bank cards.

"We're also anxious to hear from anyone who has other information about the fraud, or has been called in similar circumstances."

He revealed that Chichester CID were investigating whether the con had links with any other similar crimes.

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