Surrey pensioner loses £2,000 in raffle scam
An 81-year-old man has been the victim of an "elaborate" raffle scam after he was persuaded to part with £2,000.
Surrey Police said the pensioner, from Betchworth, near Reigate, was told he had won £200,000 on a raffle in Canada and the cash would cover tax costs.
He was then contacted again by the same man, known as Trevor, who said an additional £7,000 was needed.
The victim sent a cheque, but when he did not receive his prize money he cancelled it and contacted police.
Det Con Dion O'Shea urged anyone who had been the victim of a similar scam to report it to officers.
"I would strongly urge members of the public to be on their guard against similar raffle or lottery scams.
"If you receive a call or letter claiming you have won a raffle and it seems too good to be true then it probably is."