Warning over jackpot win scam in Mexborough

Residents, councillors and police at the Mexborough PACT meeting.
Residents, councillors and police at the Mexborough PACT meeting.

Residents in a Dearne town are being warned about a postal scam which could leave them hundreds of pounds out of pocket.

Letters claiming that the householder has won a huge sum of money have landed through the letter boxes of scores of homes across Mexborough.

It claims all the receiver has to do to claim their megabucks prize is to ring a certain telephone number.

However, police are warning the line keeps you on hold at a cost of up to £60 a minute - and the winning cheque never arrives.

Details of the scam were revealed at a Partners And Communities Together meeting, attended by about 20 residents in Mexborough Resource Centre last Thursday.

Sergeant Melissa Gill, of Mexborough Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “It is a complete scam, offering a substantial amount of money if you ring a number, which is bogus.”

The meeting heard one elderly resident had rung the number and been left with a hefty phone bill.

Mexborough woman Eileen Cooper, of South Yorkshire Neighbourhood Watch Association, added: “Do not ring the number.”

Mexborough resident John Law added: “You can’t believe the phone companies allow these phone lines to be set up.”

Meanwhile, residents raised concerns that CCTV cameras had still not been installed in Victoria Park, off Park Road, which has been blighted by anti-social behaviour. Doncaster-based CCTV Revolution offered to fit cameras for free last April but they still have not been put up.

A Doncaster Council spokesman previously said the delays are because the authority must fulfil numerous legal obligations as the cameras will be sited near a children’s play area. He added they are due to be installed once components arrive that have been ordered from abroad.