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Police are warning against fraudsters claiming to be collecting on-the-spot fines for breaches of the government’s coronavirus guidelines

Police are warning against fraudsters claiming to be collecting on-the-spot fines for breaches of the government's coronavirus guidelines
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Police are warning against fraudsters claiming to be collecting on-the-spot fines for breaches of the government’s coronavirus guidelines.

Officers were made aware of a teenage man being approached by three men in Ditchling Road, Brighton, around 11pm on Saturday 11 April. They claimed to be undercover police officers and issuing him with an on-the-spot fine for being out during the coronavirus lockdown. The men also had a device which took the payment on-the-spot.

The suspects are described as white men, all around 6ft and with no facial hair. One was wearing a black hooded jumper and another was wearing a grey hooded jumper with a baseball cap.

Chief Superintendent Nick May said: “It’s incredibly disappointing to see people using these unprecedented times as an opportunity to commit fraud.

“While we have the powers to issue fixed penalty notices to those who are 18 and over, individuals who are given fixed penalty notices will always receive confirmation of this by mail at which stage they will be provided with details on how to make payment.

“Our police officers and police community support officers will always be able to provide identification to verify who they are. If you are approached by anyone claiming to be an officer, please ask to see proof of their identity which genuine officers will be more than happy to show you.”

Any witnesses to the above incident, or anyone with any information, is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101 quoting serial 2018 of 11/04.

For further advice on protecting yourself from fraud, please visit the Action Fraud website.