DETECTIVES have charged two men as part of Operation Edisto, investigating courier fraud thefts across the south.
The offences were allegedly committed in Sussex and Suffolk, involving elderly and vulnerable people being tricked out of money and valuable property by fraudsters claiming to be from either the police or a bank.
Detective Chief Inspector Tracy Edwards said: “It is important that people continue to be aware of this sort of crime and in particular, to warn their vulnerable friends and relatives who may be taken in.”
Jameel Gabbidon, 23, an office manager of Sundale Avenue, South Croydon, has been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, namely claiming to be a bank to obtain cards and pin numbers, intending to make a gain, namely obtain cash and goods, in connection with an alleged offence in St Leonards-on-Sea on April 2.
Jason Pindi, 29, unemployed of Roke Close, Witley, Godalming, Surrey, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, namely claiming to be a bank to obtain cards and pin numbers, intending to make a gain, namely obtain cash and goods, in connection with alleged offences in St Leonards-on-Sea on April 2; Hastings on February 13; and Ipswich, Suffolk, between February 5 and 8.
Both men, who were arrested in Godalming on Thursday, have been remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court today.
Police officers working on Operation Edisto say these scams are becoming increasing common, not just in Sussex but nationwide, and it is their aim to ensure everyone, but especially the elderly, vulnerable or those living alone, are aware of these types of fraud.
Call into a police station to pick up the Little Book of Big Scams or visit www.sussex.police.uk to read it online.