Vulnerable residents in Huddersfield are being warned to beware of bogus phone callers after a woman became the victim of a lottery scam. Police are advising people not to give bank details over the phone after the woman from Holmfirth was targeted.
She was called by a 'prize organisation' saying she had won a cash prize but needed to send an administration fee by cheque, which she did but then more demands for her money followed.
"Sadly these hoax and scam calls do take place occasionally and we would advice 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 too good to be true to will be.
"Genuine competitions would not ask for payment before releasing prizes and any that do are likely to be a hoax."
PC Anne Gilliver , West Yorkshire Police
More advice on how to spot hoax callers can be found on the Citizens Advice Bureau website.