Lottery scam warning as pensioner targeted

PUBLISHED: 13:39 08 April 2015 | UPDATED: 13:39 08 April 2015

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Residents are being warned to be vigilant after a Budleigh pensioner was targeted by fraudsters.

The man, 75, who has asked not to be named, received the letter telling him he had won £900,000 in the International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery.

The man recognised the letter as a scam straight away, but was surprised that the fraudsters had managed to obtain his name and write to him at his home address.

He said: “It came right out of the blue. I don’t know how they got my name.

“I could guess what it was as you don’t get those sorts of things through the post when they’re real. You don’t know what you’re going to receive these days do you? I suppose some people could get caught.”

Action Fraud, the service run by the police responsible for fraud, confirmed the scam was well known.

The letter tells recipients to call a telephone number to ‘begin your claims’, but they should in no circumstances do this.

A spokesman said: “If you make contact with the fraudsters, you will be asked to part with money as an upfront payment, or forward money to enable them to enter the tender process for a prize that does not exist.

“The letter also asks you to inform your ‘claims agent’ of any changes in your personal information or address as soon as possible.

“Your personal information is commonly used by fraudsters to commit identify fraud.

“FIFA have confirmed that any such correspondence has no connection with or authorisation from FIFA and is in no way related to the 2014, 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, nor any other FIFA events.

“Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lottery - none that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.

“Always remember if you haven’t entered a lottery, then you can’t have won it.”

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

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