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Lottery and Postcode Scams

Alert message sent 17/11/2017 15:22:00

Information sent on behalf of Hampshire Constabulary

Good afternoon all,

The following is doing the rounds in this area. The purpose of this alert is not to scare you but to make you aware of this particular scam (there are many) and to be extra vigilant:
 

Lottery/Postcode Scams

 

 

This scam has been around for many years, but unfortunately people are still being caught out.

 

The victim will receive a letter saying they have won a prize in a UK or overseas lottery. They will be asked to contact an ‘official’ from the lottery company so they can claim their prize. If this is by telephone, it will normally entail dialling a premium rate number. The lottery company may then ask for;

 

  • Direct payment of a fee by cheque, cash or electronic money transfer in order to release the prize. The fraudster will give reasons why this must be paid upfront and cannot be deducted from the winnings.
  • Once the payment is made the fraudster will give further reasons why the prize can not be sent unless more money is paid.
  • Bank details so they can make a direct payment into the victim’s bank account. However, once the fraudster has this information they can empty the account of money.
  • Personal information such as passport details or proof of identity. The fraudster can then use this information to commit identity fraud.
NEVER send money to receive a prize. Genuine lotteries will NEVER ask for monies upfront to release winnings.
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Emma Page (Police, PCSO, Basingstoke District)

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