Police have issued a warning to people to be aware of a scam offering lottery funding to members of the deaf community.
Recently, a woman from South Bristol was conned out £4,500 when she was contacted by someone pretending to be one of her Facebook friends.
This person told her about lottery funding available to members of the deaf community, but only if applicants pay a fee.
The victim transferred thousands through Western Union and MoneyGram before she realised it was bogus.
Avon and Somerset police say they always advise people to be aware of anyone who is asking you for money or bank details and never to hand over or transfer money to people if they are offering free holidays, goods or services.
This video explains how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of scammers: