83-year-old tricked out of £400 in phone scam

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RESIDENTS are being urged to be on their guard after elderly people in the borough were asked for cash as part of a telephone scam.

Police in North Shields have received three reports of people being telephoned at home by someone claiming they had won £5,000, but needed to send cash to an address in India to get their winnings released.

One of the victims, an 83-year-old man, was conned out of more than £400 before he called in the police.

The two other men targeted by the scam did not make any payments and contacted the police straight away.

Detective Inspector Neil Brotherton said: “We want to make people aware that this telephone scam is operating in North Tyneside.

“Always remember that if the story seems too good to be true, then it usually is.”

Anyone else receiving a similar call is asked to contact police on 03456 043043.