Surrey

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."

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