This from PKC Police Commander’s Report:
Wednesday 16th January 2019
(NOT SO) GOOD NEWS – LOTTERY WIN
Last week I received a letter telling me I had won £900,000 on the International Postcode Lottery. Guess what, I didn’t win….. Not surprisingly it was a scam so I was unable to head off to the Caribbean!
Fortunately, I realised it was a scam and didn’t waste my time or money trying to claim a fictitious prize. Unfortunately not everyone living in Perth & Kinross realises these letters or emails are scams and that they are just one of the many ways crooks try to part you from your money.
Are you a victim of lottery fraud?
You receive an official looking email or letter telling you that you’ve won a large sum of money in a lottery.
You’ve responded to the email/letter and supplied personal information.
You’ve paid a fee to release your winnings.
What should you do if you’re a victim of lottery fraud?
If you have responded to the email/letter, break off all contact with the fraudsters at once.
If you have given the fraudsters your bank account details, alert your bank immediately.
Be aware that you’re now likely to be a target for other frauds. Fraudsters often share details about people they have successfully targeted or approached, using different identities to commit further frauds.
People who have already fallen victim to fraudsters are particularly vulnerable to the ‘fraud-recovery-fraud’. This is when fraudsters contact people who have already lost money through fraud and claim to be law enforcement officers or lawyers. They advise the victim that they can help them recover their lost money – but request a fee.
Protect yourself against lottery fraud
Never respond to any such communication. If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.
We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.
Never, ever disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance.
If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a fraud.
Many fraudulent lotteries have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work.