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Re-appeal for information following Sussex parking scam

Police investigating a scam in Sussex have identified a man they would like to speak to as part of their ongoing enquiries.

An appeal was issued on Tuesday, May 19 after a victim was scammed by a man in Hove on May 9.

Since that appeal, more people have fallen victim with hundreds, sometimes thousands, leaving the victims’ bank accounts.

The scams follow a similar pattern where the suspect approaches the victim where they need to pay for parking and tells them that an enforcement officer has taken a photo of their vehicle and they will need to get a new ticket.

Each time the suspect escorts the victim to the pay machine and through distraction tactics steals their bank card.

The suspect tells the victims that the pay machine has retained the card and that the victims will need to wait up to 30 minutes before it’s returned. Shortly after, the suspect uses the bank cards to purchase items. 

The most recent victim was targeted at Queen Victoria Hospital car park in East Grinstead.

Police investigating the scam believe the man pictured could help with their enquiries. He is described as being aged between 20-30, of middle eastern appearance, around 5’ 4” in height and of slight build, with short black hair and wearing large, black-rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information which could help officers with their investigation is asked to contact police online or call 101 quoting serial number 1293 of 09/05.

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