WARNING: Lotto Exposed Visitors Targeted in Postcode Lottery Scam
In 2012, we did a review of the People’s Postcode Lottery which is available for residents in the UK. In the years since, we have gotten a lot of feedback from you, our readers stating there are mixed experiences. Then received a notice from a reader that they received a notice stating they won £825,000 and asked if it was a scam. Intrigued, we decided to look into it and, sad to say, yes. Although the actual People’s Postcode Lottery isn’t a scam, the latest scam that is sweeping through the UK is using the PPL’s name.
Beginnings on the Internet
The first instance the People’s Postcode Lottery was used as a scam was way back in 2009 when they would contact their victims via their email accounts. The typical email looked something like this:
Now they have moved to sending people physical letters in the mail.
What Is The Scam?
Police have sent notifications to residents across the UK, warning them of a postal scam that has been pretending to be the People’s Postcode Lottery. These scammers are telling the resident’s that they have won £825,000. The notice asks the recipient to call a claims line, fill out a form and send it back in order to collect the prize.
Police in Essex have said that several people have reported the scam and many others have realized it was a scam and discarded the letter; however, they fear there may be some vulnerable individuals who may play into the ruse and submit their information.
Something’s Not Right
Douglas Hendry, a 75-year old pensioner from Montrose, was one such recipient of the scam letter. When he received the letter in the mail, he read it and noticed a few things were off which threw up some red flags.
Firstly, the letter asks for a small fee in order to release the winnings. Then, Hendry noticed that there was something amiss at the bottom of the letter.
He noticed that the footer at the bottom of the letter was too high up and there was no telephone number to coincide with the London Bridge Street address—the location where he was to send the money.”
His partner, Margaret Chaffer, had said that had they not been careful, they could have thought it was a legitimate letter. The couple had friends in Spain, which is where the letter originated from.
Another couple in Essex has reported on the same scam. Although their letter, it was clear that it was a scam due to the noticeably poor English and lists their supporters as the FIFA World Cup and Commonwealth Games.
As long as there are greedy and dishonest people in the world, there will always be scams circulating. We urge you to protect yourselves and use your best judgment before responding to anything that seems too good to be true.
If ever you’re in doubt, contact the local authorities just to be certain.