September 25th, 2016

Bromsgrove residents warned over scam post code lottery letters

Bromsgrove residents warned over scam post code lottery letters Bromsgrove residents warned over scam post code lottery letters
Updated: 12:44 pm, Aug 15, 2015

RESIDENTS in Bromsgrove are being warned about scam post code lottery letters offering a prize of more than £800,000.

It is not known how many have been sent out but anyone who receives one has been asked to report it straight away.

The letters, which claim to be from Baron Wheels from the People’s Post Code lottery, give residents a reference code and a number to ring to win £825,000.

It is also contains warnings about keeping ‘your winning information’ confidential until your claim has been processed.

The Standard contacted the number provided, which was supposed to go through to the foreign service manager of UK Security Solution, and was asked to give a reference number.

After explaining we were from the press and why we calling the phone call was abruptly terminated.

A Trading Standards spokeswoman said this sort of scam, which pretends to come from the post code lottery was unfortunately not an unusual one and has been seen all over the country.

She added scammers would often rely on confusion with a legitimate organisation to get people to part with their money.

“This particular scam has targeted people in Worcestershire and we would urge residents to stay vigilant and look out for vulnerable and elderly people who may fall for it,” the spokeswoman said.

“July was Scam Awareness Month but this example just goes to show we need to be wary all year round. “

The real People’s Postcode Lottery said it would not, under any circumstances, request a payment to receive any prize.

If anyone is concerned about a potential scam they should contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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