A WOMAN who thought she had won £850,000 on the EuroMillions lottery is warning others about the scam.
The Ellesmere resident, who did not wish to be named, claimed she received a “legitimate-looking letter” from the Euromillions Commonwealth of Nations Online Lottery asking her to reply with her personal details to claim her windfall.
But having no knowledge of ever entering the draw she immediately smelled a rat and her husband investigated online where he found reports of the same scam in circulation in Leicester.
She said: “We realised it was a scam, but other people might be a bit more vulnerable.
“The letter looks very professional and displays all the right logos and verification including the winning numbers and a barcode.
“But it asks for your date of birth, your next of kin and your signature which could be used for all sorts of things.”
Delsie Williams, of Maesbury Marsh, is also warning residents to be on guard for cold callers from unknown numbers offering insurance for various products including boilers and Sky TV systems after she was targeted twice in one week.
“Both these callers asked me if I had a debit or credit card and when I said no, they asked me about my cheque book wanting my account number and sort code,” she said.
Mrs Williams urged residents to be “careful of these suspicious telephone calls” and Shropshire Council confirmed this sort of scam was known to them, alongside another where residents are offered surfacing repairs for farm tracks and drives, sometimes in the name of the council or the Highways Agency.
Councillor Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for public protection said: “People are warned to be wary if they are approached in this way.
“Do not give personal details including banking details to anyone you do not know following unexpected requests for money made either in the street, on the doorstep, over the telephone or on the internet as these details can be used to steal your identity.”
He also recommended registering with the free telephone and mailing preference services to stop unsolicited telephone calls and letters at www.tpsonline.org.uk and report any suspicious incidents by calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.org.uk