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Alert message sent 03/02/2018 09:46:00

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Many people in the UK and overseas are lured by the thrill of a surprise win and find themselves parting with large amounts of money in order to claim fake prizes. Often the victims of these scams are the elderly and vulnerable. There is a huge range and variety of mass market mail, some of which will be fraudulent and others that will not. Whatever the case you should be wary of what you reply to.

What you should know

  1. You cannot win money or a prize in a lottery if you have not entered it. You cannot be chosen at random if you do not have an entry.
  2. Many mass market scams will trick you into parting with money or providing your banking or personal details in the belief that you will win a cash prize. You do not have to pay to claim a legitimate prize.
  3. It can only take a single response to a scammer to be inundated with further scam mail. Your name and address will be included on what’s known as a “SUCKER’S LIST” and you may receive large amounts of scam mail on a daily basis.
  4. A fake prize scam will tell you that you have won a prize or competition. You may receive confirmation of this by post, email or text message. There will often be costs involved in claiming the prize and even if you receive a prize it may not be what was promised to you.
  5. Psychic and clairvoyant scams can also be used to set you up to fall for a lottery scam. If a psychic gives you a list of lucky numbers, don’t be surprised if you receive a letter soon afterwards telling you that you’ve just won a lottery you’ve never heard of and do not remember entering.  THIS IS ALL PART OF THE SCAM.
  6. Be aware that items advertised in the post you receive may be marketed as “High Quality Exclusive Goods” but in reality can be extremely poor value for money. Another marketing technique is to offer a share of a cash prize but to win you must place an order for goods that in fact are not value for money.
  7. Be wary when sending money to, or receiving money from, someone you do not know or trust. This may be a ploy by a scammer to get you to pass money through your bank account that could be stolen from someone else’s account. Technically you be money laundering and become what is known as a “Money Mule”.

Genuine lotteries will not ask you to pay a fee to collect your winnings.

Never send money abroad or to someone you don’t know and trust.

Don’t provide banking or personal details to someone you don’t know and trust.


Examine all of the terms and conditions of any offer carefully


 Dave Russ  PCSO  Wisbech NPT

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Dave Russ (Police, PCSO, Fenland - Wisbech)

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