Euromillions lottery scam warning

By on 07/01/2010 in News

Trading Standards at Birmingham City Council are urging people not to fall for a cruel 'Euromillions' lottery scam.

Concerned residents have contacted the council after receiving named letters to their home address that purport to be from 'Euromillions Lottery International' and 'Alpha Security Company', informing them that they have won half a million pounds.

The letter goes on to request that the 'winner' fills out a 'payment processing form' with their bank account details and fax it to a number in London. The company, its address and phone numbers provided are all bogus.

The letter looks authentic and gives two addresses for the company, one in London's Oxford Street and one in Canary Wharf. The con also urges winners to keep the letter secret from friends and family “to avoid unwarranted abuse of the program or fraudulent acts from criminal minded and unauthorised persons”.

Councillor Neil Eustace, Chair of the Public Protection Committee, says:

“This is a particularly cynical scam cleverly designed to exploit the dreams of vulnerable people. Although not explicit in the letter, it will involve you having to send both money and bank account details to the company, and of course, you have not won anything. People should never give their bank details to a company they are unfamiliar with.”

 

ENDS

For more information please contact Hayley Meachin on 0121 303 1271/ 07920 750007  hayley.meachin@birmingham.gov.uk

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