Elderly man in Uplyme victim of phone scam

AN ELDERLY man in Uplyme was duped into giving his bank details following a phone scam claiming he had won the lottery. Luckily his bank refused the withdrawal of �6,000 and residents were immediately informed of potential scams via the community messagi

AN ELDERLY man in Uplyme was duped into giving his bank details following a phone scam claiming he had won the lottery.

Luckily his bank refused the withdrawal of �6,000 and residents were immediately informed of potential scams via the community messaging.

The woman who made the call was described as having an Australian accent.

Sergeant Pete Trudgeon warned people about the dangers of giving out their bank details.

He said: "There is no such thing as free money, so please, never give out your bank details.

"When you win the lottery, they give you money - not take it. Another common scam is when they say a relative has died and left you money. If they are asking for bank details and you give them, you are likely to lose your money.