A PENSIONER was conned out of more than £5,000 in a phone scam.
The 65-year-old from Hastings received a call from a woman claiming to be from the Ministry of Justice.
She suggested that he could receive £31,000 in compensation for mis-sold payment protection insurance on an old loan.
The woman then asked for personal information and several upfront payments to be made by money transfer.
After several phone calls and speaking to a number of people claiming to be from the same organisation, the man contacted police.
PC Emma Snead, of Hastings Police, said: “Mis-sold payment protection insurance has been in the news a lot recently and as a result a number of people are hoping to obtain a refund.
“If you receive emails, text messages or letters from someone offering to help you claim, don’t reply, even to say no.
“Never give out any personal details like your address or confirm details like your bank account number.”
The Ministry of Justice said it would never contact people asking them for their bank or personal details.
If anyone has been a victim of this, or any other scam, contact police and ring the UK’s national fraud reporting centre on 0300 123 2040.