OFFICERS at East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Trading Standards Service are urging Bridlingtonresidents not to fall for a lottery scam.
A number of complaints have been made to the council after residents received letters claiming to be from Euro Millions Lottery International and Alpha Security Company, informing them that they have won over half a million pounds.
On the face of it, the letter looks quite convincing as it is personally addressed and requests that the winner completes a payment processing form with their bank account details and sends it by fax to a number in London. However, no prize money will be awarded as the organisation is bogus.
The letter urges recipients to keep the win a secret by stating ‘to avoid identity fraud, or any form of abuse or fraudulent acts of this program, this information must be kept away from the public’. This is very concerning as it is a typical hallmark of a scam but vulnerable people may fall for it.
Councillor Jackie Cracknell, cabinet portfolio holder for community partnerships, said: “This is a con which is designed to exploit vulnerable people.
“Although the letter doesn’t ask for money or an account number, further along the process, the con will involve you having to send both money and bank account details to the company but you will never receive anything in return.”
The National Lottery Commission provides information for players about possible scams. The key points to bear in mind are that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Also, those affected should check they have actually bought a ticket for that lottery.
For more information to help identify scams, visit the commission’s website www.natlotcomm.gov.uk/information-for-players/faqs/lottery-scams-faq
Anyone who would like advice about this or any other consumer matter can contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 040506 or look online www.adviceguide.org.uk