Is­lan­ders warned of new scam

The Oban Times - - News -

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.

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