Hospital ?raffle? a scam



GRAFTON residents have been urged to keep their eyes open for a con-man in the area, who has been selling tickets for a non-existent Grafton Base Hospital raffle.

Hospital executive officer John Wickham said a lady had called the hospital to let him know about the man, who she said had done a similar thing last year.

"She phoned us on Friday to say she'd been approached by the man at her home," he said.

"She was sceptical and said he did a similar thing last year. When she checked the ticket book they had all been stamped with a Grafton Base Hospital and Health Services stamp, so he either has a stamp or has taken a book of tickets from somewhere."

Mr Wickham said it appeared the man was selling tickets door-to-door ? a strategy never employed by the hospital or hospital auxiliary who usually run raffles.

The man is offering a ham for first prize and a cutlery set for second prize.

"The lady saw him further down the street ... so she went to the police to report him and hopefully the police will be able to resolve this in the next couple of days."

Mr Wickham recommended that anyone approached by the man politely turn him away and contact police.

? Emma Cornford



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