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Lottery scam victim loses thousands

30th September 2010

Police are warning the public to watch out for a lottery scam after an elderly woman was scammed out of more than £2,000

In this instance, the victim received a letter in the post saying she had been selected at random to win a large cash prize in a foreign lottery. In order to receive her prize, she was asked to send cheques for substantial sums of money to overseas accounts in Australia and Canada.

Police are urging people not to believe letters like these, and to look out for elderly or vulnerable relatives and neighbours.

Be vigilant across UK

This particular fraud happened in the Salisbury area of Wiltshire. As fraudsters move and change the geographical areas they operate in, all UK residents should also be vigilant about this type of fraud. Any UK resident who has lost money to a fraud like this should report it to Action Fraud.

Read more about this lottery scam on Wilshire Police’s website.

Please note: Action Fraud is not responsible for the content on external websites.

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.