AN 83-year-old man who lives in a nursing home in Chichester was tricked into sending more than £3,000 to a mail scam criminal.
The man sent the money to bogus clairvoyants to purchase ‘talisman’ good luck charms for between £20 and £40 each and to obtain reports about the future.
He stopped sending money after trading standards officers visited him last year.
The officers are now collecting the mail he receives.
Lionel Barnard, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “The case of this poor gentleman who has been tricked into spending £3,000 on bogus clairvoyants is a case in point.
“The ‘Bah Scambug’ initiative before Christmas gave us a great opportunity to support those who have fallen foul of fraud and to offer advice to ensure they are protected in the future.”
Contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline for advice on mail scams by calling 03454 04 05 06.
Report incidents to West Sussex Trading Standards online at www.westsussex.gov.uk/tsreport