Day of action for scam victims

More than 50 scam victims in East Sussex were visited as part of a day of action before Christmas.

Operation Bah Scambug saw Trading Standards officers across East and West Sussex join forces with the National Trading Standards Scams Team to provide advice and support to victims.

In East Sussex, teams of officers were deployed in each of the county’s five district and borough areas, visiting 54 residents who had been identified as victims of scams such as bogus lotteries, prize draws and clairvoyant scams.

Officers also used the visits to advise residents about their rights and ensure each household had a ‘No cold calling’ door sticker.

Lucy Corrie, head of East Sussex Trading Standards, said: “The day of action enabled us to help a large number of victims and to try and prevent them falling victim in the future.

“However, this is just the tip of the iceberg and we are committed to identifying and helping as many people as we can find.”

Anyone who is concerned about a possible scam or is worried about a friend or relative is asked to contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 040506.