Lotto scam

Six-fig­ure prize turned out to be scam

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A Burn­side pen­sioner is warn­ing oth­ers to be vig­i­lant af­ter he was tar­geted in a lot­tery scam.

Bill Dun­lop, 73, thought he had hit the jack­pot when he re­ceived a let­ter from Post­code Lot­tery Europe telling him he had won £425,000.

But it turned out to be a con.

A Burn­side pen­sioner is warn­ing peo­ple to be on their guard af­ter he was tar­geted in a lot­tery scam.

Bill Dun­lop, 73, thought he had hit the jack­pot when he re­ceived a let­ter from Post­code Lot­tery Europe, telling him he had won £425,000.

But he phoned the num­ber on the let­ter and dis­cov­ered it was cruel con when he was told he would need to cough up £1999 in “in­sur­ance”.

Bill, of Drum­sagard Road, re­fused to hand over any cash and he is hop­ing oth­ers will learn from his lucky es­cape.

He said: “At first I thought ‘oh great’ but the more I thought about it, I re­alised it was a scam.

“There was a num­ber on the let­ter so I phoned it and they asked me to pay money as in­sur­ance.

“I just said, ‘well, I can tell you now the let­ter does not men­tion any­thing like that’.

“Even­tu­ally I told him to send a cheque or a banker’s draft and I would write them a cheque.”

Bill’s sus­pi­cions were con­firmed when he found out his sis­ter, who lives in Shet­tle­ston, had re­ceived a sim­i­lar let­ter from the same com­pany.

He re­ported the scam to po­lice and the of­fi­cial Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery.

A spokes­woman for Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery said: “We are aware that some­times il­le­git­i­mate in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions will at­tempt to use our lot­tery’s brand to gain ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion or de­tails sup­plied by un­sus­pect­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic.

“Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery takes such mat­ters very se­ri­ously.

“If you re­ceive one of th­ese let­ters, phone calls, SMS mes­sages or emails, then we strongly ad­vise the pub­lic to treat th­ese com­mu­ni­ca­tions as scams and they should be ig­nored.

“Le­git­i­mate lotteries, such as Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery, will not un­der any cir­cum­stances re­quest a pay­ment in or­der to re­ceive a prize.

“If you are at all sus­pi­cious then con­tact our cus­tomer ser­vice team on 0808 1098765.

“Thank­fully in­ci­dences where the pub­lic is af­fected by an il­le­gal lot­tery us­ing the Peo­ple’s Post­code Lot­tery brand are rare but we would en­cour­age any­one who has en­coun­tered a scam to re­port it to the na­tional fraud re­port­ing cen­tre at www.ac­tion­fraud.po­lice.uk.

The more I thought about it, I re­alised it was a scam

Warn­ing Bill Dun­lop with the scam let­ter he re­ceived

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