Lottery Winner fraud
|Congratulations…. You’ve won the lottery!!!......Or
is a message sent via Cheshire
Police Alert. This information
has been sent on behalf of Action
Fraud (National Fraud Intelligence
Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator,
A lottery scam takes
place when criminals pretend that you have
won a prize, often a lottery. The people
most likely to fall victim to this tend to
be over the age of 60 (although younger people
do fall victim too) – but we know that it
is often close family members of victims
who spot the tell-tale signs of the fraud.
Criminals will normally get in touch by letter or
email and will try to engage you into dialogue with them.
Once they have convinced you that they are “genuine”, they
will ask for a fee to be paid to release your winnings.
This fee could be to pay taxes or duty, or for a solicitor,
banker or judge to authorise the transaction. NO GENUINE
LOTTERY WILL EVER ASK FOR ANY SORT OF FEE TO BE PAID.
Often this first
fee will be small, but once they know you are willing to
pay it they will ask for more and more money, with ever-changing
excuses as to why they need it. Victims can end up losing
tens of thousands of pounds over the course of months or
Many of you reading will be surprised that this
type of crime takes place. After all, why would anyone fall
prey to scam like this when they never entered any such lottery
in the first place? Why would they have to pay money when
they are supposed to have won millions of pounds? The sad
truth is that these criminals are incredibly persuasive and
prey on people who are very trusting. Therefore, even if
you know that you would not get defrauded like this, please
spread this message widely to friends, family and to people
within your community.
If you believe you
have become the victim of a fraud or cyber crime, or have
received a suspicious email, find out how to report it here:
- If you
have not entered a lottery or a prize draw, you
have not won it.
any emails which detail you winning money or being
in a position to make a fortune
the message amongst people you come into contact
with, especially older people in your family, and
look out for any unusual behaviour, for instance
someone paying money via money service bureaux, like
Western Union or MoneyGram, or buying Ukash vouchers.
Other Homewatch pages of current relevance: Local
crimes in the Macclesfield Division including Bollington, Kerridge
and Pott Shrigley.
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