Police issue warning over £825k lottery scam letter

A Belton resident received this scam letter puporting to be from the People's Postcode Lottery and informing him he had won �825,000
A Belton resident received this scam letter puporting to be from the People's Postcode Lottery and informing him he had won �825,000

People in the region are being warned to be wary about a scam letter, claiming to be from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

A warning has been issued by Humberside police, after Belton resident, Paul Barratt, received a letter stating he had won £825,000.

Humberside Police Crime Reduction Officer Andy Allen, said: “Letters like this one that seem too good to be true generally are - and that’s what I would advise members of the public to question if they are the recipient of a letter or email similar to this one.

He continued: “Thankfully most people see them for what they are, and disregard them.

“I would urge all residents to be vigilant and if you have elderly relatives or neighbours please ask them to be aware of this scam.

“Never reveal your personal or banking details over the telephone.

“Banks and financial institutions will never ask the public to give out account or security information over the telephone or e-mail and if you suspect the company may be fraudulent, contact the Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”

Mr Barratt, of The Furlong, Belton, said he recognised the letter was a fake almost immediately, but added he was concerned that others could be taken in by the same scam.

The 60-year-old continued: “It’s that old wisdom - you don’t get something for nothing.

“From what I hear they seem to target one area at a time so I’m worried they could be sending out the same letter to people in the Isle.

“It’s a real worry.”

The letter states that the winning ticket has been drawn by the People’s Postcode Lottery 2015 Award International programs held in Madrid, Spain.

Written in poor English, the letter is signed off by someone called Baron Wheels, who purports to be the president of the company.

The People’s Postcode Lottery says they will never ask for a payment in order to issue a winner with their prize.

Anyone who is unsure about a communication they have received from the People’s Postcode Lottery is asked to call their Customer Services team on 08081098765 or email them on info@postcodelottery.co.uk