An elderly Skegness woman had a lucky escape when she was targeted in a Facebook scam and asked to hand over £500.
The woman received notification stating she had won an online prize via a ‘friend’ on Facebook messenger.
When she clicked the link sent in messenger, it took her to the page of a person called Carolina Rice.
The victim then had a conversation via messenger with “Carolina”.
Messages went on to suggest that the victim’s name had been selected for a £90,000 prize. The victim was asked to supply home address details for delivery of the cash prize and then told she would need to pay a fee of £500 for the prize to be delivered to her.
After declining to pay the fee via bank transfer they asked the elderly woman to buy £500 of iTunes voucher and give a code on a scratch-off panel to the offender.
The victim then discovered this was a scam after her husband contacted his wife’s friend.
PC Nicola Foley said: “Anyone could become a victim of fraud and it’s important that we all look out for vulnerable victims such as a grandparent or an elderly neighbour.
“Some signs that an elderly person has been scammed or is likely to be scammed could be: Unusual amounts of post or letters lying about the house, unexplained cash withdrawals or cheque payments or they might seem short of money when they normally wouldn’t be.
“A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your pin, full password or to move a sum of money. Only ever give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you’ve already given your consent to and you trust.”
The scam was reported at 2.45pm on December 10.
For advice on scams and fraud visit the Lincolnshire Police website here.
To report a crime call 101 or 999 in an emergency.