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Scammers use expensive packaging for prize-draw con

28th September 2010

Trading Standards is warning people to watch out for prize draw offers arriving in unusual packaging.

The warning comes after there have been reports of scam mail packaged in cardboard tubes usually used to send posters or prints. This particular scam seems to originate in China. The offer demands an advanced fee of £30 before the prize can be claimed.

Too good to be true

Norfolk City Council Trading Standards is urging people not to believe the offer is legitimate because the packaging looks more expensive. People are also being advised never to send money upfront or give out bank or personal details if there is any question about the legitimacy of the offer or organisation behind it.

So far, this scam has been reported in Norfolk. 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 on Norfolk County Council’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.