Internet scam alert

Police in Derry have warned of a potential scam operating via a social networking group.

The warning follows an incident in which a woman in city was contacted via a website and told that she had the opportunity to win 100,000 euro. She was told that all she had to do was forward on 1000 euro to be in with a chance of winning the cash.

A police spokesperson said: “Fortunately the lady did not send on any money, however, on making further enquiries she became aware that friends connected to the deaf community had been contacted in a similar manner.” The spokesperson added: “Fraudsters will use whatever means available to scam innocent members of the public out of their hard-earned money – it pays to remember that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.”