FRAUDSTERS promising people big winnings from the Canadian lottery are targeting residents in West Oxfordshire.

The latest phone scam to hit the area has been raised by James Day, 73, from Witney, after he came home to an answering phone message saying he had won half a million pounds.

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He said: "It's not the most convincing scam and I didn't call the number they used but others, especially older people, could be fooled."

Thames Valley Police have frequently warned recently of another common trick, which sees fraudsters phone and try to trick victims into handing over their bank card details or cash to a courier.