Lottery scam operating in Derry

Police are warning people to be wary of a letter claiming to be from the 'Euromillions International Postcode Lottery.'
Police are warning people to be wary of a letter claiming to be from the 'Euromillions International Postcode Lottery.'

Police in Derry have issued a warning against a scam letter, claiming to be from Eurmillions, which has been sent to a number of homes in Derry.

The letter, claiming to be from the Vice President of the FIFA Euromillions International Postcode Lottery’ tells the recipient they have been approved as the winner of a £900,000 lump sum.

The letter claims to be promoted by the Euromillions Lottery and “other international lottery institutes.”

A number is then given for the “winner” to contact in order to claim their winnings.

Police are now advising residents in the North West to be wary of unsolicited correspondence claiming that they have won money or prizes in lotteries or competitions that they have not entered.

Crime Prevention Officer Mandy Monteith said: “Most scams of this type are designed to fool the unsuspecting, and appeal to people’s desire to have a better lifestyle. Those who operate financial scams usually ask the recipient to phone a premium rate number to get further details, ask for money to cover taxes before a lump sum can be issued, ask for proof of identity and address, or ask the person to supply details of their bank account so that they can deposit the winnings.

“The harsh reality is that your personal information and your hard-earned cash are the only prizes on offer, and the criminals are the only people who will win if you allow them access to this type of information.

Under no circumstances should the public disclose details of their bank or building society accounts to any unauthorised person and if anyone is in any doubt about the intent of financial promises they should contact their local police for advice.”