Warning over scam lottery letters
West Midlands Police have had reports of scammers targeting people with a letter claiming they’ve won an online lottery linked to the 2022 World Cup − please spread the word to help ensure friends and family don’t fall for the scam .
The letter has been sent to a number of homes in the region and has previously been reported in Crewe, Lincolnshire and Teesside.
It claims the lottery is promoted by a range of international lotteries and banks to promote the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2030 Olympic Games in Tokyo − and asks people to keep the fact they have won quiet to prevent fraud.
But there is no prize and once you get in touch you’ll be asked to supply copies of your passport which can be used to steal your identity.
The fraudsters will ask you to pay various fees e.g. taxes, legal fees, banking fees and so on, so that they can release your non-existent winnings.
They may ask for your bank details to deposit the cash directly into your account. But if you’ve already handed over personal information they can use this to clear out your account.
We’ve had reports of this letter being sent to homes in the Birmingham area. Other versions of this scam reference money being won on overseas lotteries.
Action Fraud advise how to protect yourself against lottery fraud:
1. Don’t respond. If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.
2. Official lottery operators do not ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.
3. Never disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance.
4. Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a fraud.
5. Many fraudulent lotteries have bad spelling and grammar − see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work.
Think you’ve fallen victim to this scam ? Report to Action Fraud