Internet scam cons Chichester man out of £3,400

Sussex Police
Sussex Police

A JOB-seeker has been targeted by fraudsters looking to trick him out of cash.

Sussex Police has issued a warning to people about the dangers of getting caught up in money laundering scams while making multiple job applications.

It is possible that the fraudsters are exploiting the difficult job market

Detective inspector Till Sanderson, Sussex Police

Police said a 58-year-old Chichester man contacted them last Wednesday (March 18) after accepting what he thought was an online job with a promotions company in Florida.

He forwarded on £3,400 to a Turkish bank account before he became suspicious.

Earlier this month, a 21-year-old Worthing woman was similarly conned out of £1,710 after believing she had gained a job as a data inputer with a New York City company, forwarding £1,710 to an account in Ukraine.

“In both cases the people concerned thought they had been given genuine jobs and have just become suspicious later,” said detective inspector Till Sanderson of Sussex Police’s economic crime unit.

“This is a not a new fraud and it is an international issue which is not unique to Sussex. The last such case reported to us was a few years ago so to have two in a week or so is unusual. It is possible that the fraudsters are exploiting the difficult job market.”

Sussex Police urged ‘great caution’ over unsolicited emails or approaches over social media promising opportunities to make easy money. To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call action fraud on 0300 123 2040.