Prince Albert police are warning the public to be on the lookout for a fraud scam after a local resident was defrauded of $17,000.

The resident was contacted by phone from someone she thought was from her bank and who said they had noticed suspicious transactions from her account.

Police say the woman then gave access to the fraudsters to her computer via an online software viewing program.

After numerous phone calls, she ended up transferring $15,000 in cash and buying a number of Google Play cards for the fraudsters.

Police caution to never transfer funds without specific validation and identity of the recipient and to contact your bank directly if you suspect suspicious transactions.