Police are warning the public to watch out for a lottery scam after an elderly woman was scammed out of more than £2,000
In this instance, the victim received a letter in the post saying she had been selected at random to win a large cash prize in a foreign lottery. In order to receive her prize, she was asked to send cheques for substantial sums of money to overseas accounts in Australia and Canada.
Police are urging people not to believe letters like these, and to look out for elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours.
New factsheets helping people protect themselves from different types of fraud have been published by the British Bankers’ Association (BBA).
The factsheets cover common frauds, 12 tips to avoid being a victim, online fraud, identity fraud, payment card fraud and cheque fraud. There’s also a factsheet helping bank staff protect vulnerable customers from fraud.
Residents should watch out for a scam letter from an organisation called ‘The British Awards Council’, encouraging them to call a premium rate phone number in return for a prize.
These letters should be ignored. Scams like these tempt people into calling the premium rate phone number with the promise of a prize such as a car, holiday, digital television or a large amount of cash. Callers often end up with a high phone bill but no prize.
Trading Standards is warning people to watch out for prize draw offers arriving in unusual packaging.
The warning comes after there have been reports of scam mail packaged in cardboard tubes usually used to send posters or prints. This particular scam seems to originate in China. The offer demands an advanced fee of £30 before the prize can be claimed.
Fraudsters posing as US soldiers on dating websites have been targeting British women to con them out of money.
The fraudsters often take the name and rank of a US soldier who is serving with the Army and use photos of soldiers taken from the internet, including from genuine profiles on social networking websites.