A woman says she was ‘intimidated and bullied’ into paying scammers a big deposit.

Helen Bignall has Eastbourne Locksmiths in her phone.

However, she said: “Please all put this number in your phones and don’t get caught out like I have. Eastbourne Locksmiths 01323 800007 or 07956508722.

I didn’t have that number and I have just been scammed by a rogue locksmith company.

I felt very intimidated and bullied into paying them a big deposit, the price of the work kept going up and up with lies about how much things cost.

I cancelled them coming back to finish the work.

Stuart from Eastbourne locksmiths came out straight away to help me when I explained what had happened. I’m not the only one to get caught out in this area, as they advertise with a local address and phone number.

I feel foolish, but not knowing the price of door lock parts, I felt I couldn’t argue and get him to stop and leave my home, even though I wanted him to.

I would hate for anyone else to go through this. So have a locksmith number saved somewhere, you never know when you will need them.”