A WARNING has been issued by Trading Standards officials over scam letters which claim residents have won hundreds of thousands of pounds in the People’s Postcode Lottery and the Postcode Lotto.
A number of letters have been received by residents in Wigan Borough asking them to telephone a number to claim their prize of £825,000.
After ringing the number people are asked to pay a £200 processing fee.
The real People’s Postcode Lottery has been quoted saying it will not under any circumstances request a payment to receive any prize. This is a widely reported national scam operating in a number of areas.
Councillor Kevin Anderson, Wigan Council’s executive member for environment, said: “The advice from our Trading Standards department is clear - never respond to any such communication.
“If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it. We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.”
People are also advised not to disclose their bank details or pay fees in advance and to be suspicious of email addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or telephone numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
Anyone who wishes to report scams can contact Trading Standards via the Citizen Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.