Uphill scam warning

ELDERLY people are being warned against a spate of scams taking place in a quiet community of Weston. Letters sent to residents in Uphill, informing them they have won thousands of pounds in cash, have been identified as scams aimed at cheating vulnerable

ELDERLY people are being warned against a spate of scams taking place in a quiet community of Weston.Letters sent to residents in Uphill, informing them they have won thousands of pounds in cash, have been identified as scams aimed at cheating vulnerable people out of their money.Several elderly residents have received the letters but experts have warned them against contacting the organisations or providing them with any details of their bank accounts.North Somerset Council's trading standards department says sophisticated scam operators will often target vulnerable people, especially the elderly.Trading standards officer Helen Heskins said: "Scam operators will use quite clever intelligence to find out where the people they want to target are."These are normally the wealthy and, in this case, the elderly in particularly. Our biggest advice is if it seems too good to be true then it normally is."The letters sent in Uphill claim the recipient has been awarded either cash, a television, freezer or digital camera. However the letter requires the 'winner' to call a premium rate number in order to enter a prize draw.


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