Police warn of phone scam

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Vulnerable residents are being warned to beware of bogus phone callers after a woman was targeted in a lottery scam.

Police are advising residents to be careful and not to give bank details over the phone.

Officers have been carrying out inquiries with banks into the scam in which an elderly woman was contacted over the phone by a “prize organisation” to be told she had won a cash prize but needed to send an administration fee by cheque.

The victim, of Holmfirth, did so and more demands for money followed.

Fortunately the victim’s daughter became aware of the payments and was able to put a stop to further money being paid.

PC Anne Gilliver said: “Sadly these hoax and scam calls do take place occasionally, and we would advise residents to be vigilant.

“It can be easy to be fooled by these callers who can be persuasive especially to elderly and vulnerable victims, but sadly it really is a case of if something is to good be true it will be.

“Genuine competitions would not ask for payment before releasing prizes and any that do are likely to be a hoax.“