A man has warned others to be alert to scam letters after receiving a letter that asked for his bank details in order to claim a lottery prize.
Bob Oxford, 68, of Marigolds, Deeping St James, became suspicious when he opened a letter claiming he had won the “People’s Postcode Lottery” - something he knew he had not entered.
The letter said he had won £825,000, and would be able to claim the money if he called a number and gave his bank details and a £2,000 “processing fee”.
Thankfully Bob and his wife searched for the name of the lottery online and quickly realised that the letter was a fraud. But he believes others could not be so sceptical and might fall for the scam.
“My wife said I hadn’t won anything because I hadn’t bought a ticket. And then thought if I had really won then they would be round with Champagne and the press,” said Bob.
“You think no-one would fall for it, but I’m sure they do. If the scammers get even one per cent fall for it then they are doing all right.”
Bob reported the scam to the police, who passed him on to Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre. Action Fraud has plenty of advice on its website for those who think they may have been targeted by scammers.
Regarding lottery letters, it says: “If you respond to the fraudster, you’ll be asked to supply personal information and copies of official documents, such as your passport, as proof of identity. The fraudsters can then use this information to steal your identity.”
Anyone who has responded to such a letter is advised to break off all contact and alert their bank if they have passed on any details.
The website says: “Never respond to any such communication. If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.”
For more advice on fraud visit www.actionfraud.police.uk.