Islanders warned of new scam
TRADING Standards are warning residents that there is an International FIFA World Cup online lottery scam letter circulating in the islands.
The letter states that you are the winner of a lump sum of money but, in order to claim the substantial prize, you have to call a telephone number to process the winnings.
A further letter is sent claiming the prize money is on hold and a clearance charge is required to be paid by the recipient to release the funds.
Trading Standards advised residents not to respond to these letters and to put them in the bin. They offer the following guidance on checking if something is a scam.
Scams are schemes to con you out of your money. They can arrive by post, phone call, text message or email or a scammer may turn up at your home.
It could be a scam if the call, letter, email or text has come out of the blue; you have never heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about and did not buy a ticket; you are asked to send money in advance; or are told you have to respond quickly so don’t get time to think about it or talk to family and friends.