Bogus letter warning
Tuesday 4th August 2015 @ 10:15 by Max Wieland
Community Dukinfield News

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A campaigning councillor is warning residents to be on their guard after receiving a bogus letter claiming he was a postcode lotto winner.

Dukinfield Councillor and Deputy Leader of Tameside Council John Taylor was sent the letter through the post, containing his full name and postal address, by a company claiming he had won £825,000. It went on to ask him to contact them by phone or fax on the numbers provided.

“I would urge anyone who gets a letter through the post from a company called Postcode Lotto with a London address to rip it up and throw it in the paper bin. I’ve checked this company out and they’re fake. If you phone the number provided you will be asked to pay a fee before your winnings will be posted to you. Obviously no money will ever arrive,” he explained.

Cllr Taylor was particularly concerned because he had been directly targeted and is convinced others will do too.

He is concerned his neighbours and others with a similar postcode will also get a letter and be duped into phoning to get details of how to collect their prize.

The letters have been sent out from someone claiming to be the Prize Director for Bono Lotto, which is a legitimate Spanish lottery company.

Although on close viewing the letters are full of mistakes, they will still dupe some unsuspecting residents into phoning to claim their ‘prize’.

Tameside is not the first authority area to have been targeted by this stunt, Warwickshire County Council warned its residents against this scam last November.

They said: “Warwickshire Trading Standards has received a number of enquiries about a bogus lottery letter entitled ‘Bono Lotto International Lottery’.

“The lottery letter claims the recipient has won £825,000. This is a scam. In reality, the letters are an attempt to initiate a dialogue with potential victims and subsequently trick them into sending money to the fraudsters responsible, for example, by suggesting that the ‘winnings’ will be released after an administration fee is paid. There is no prize money. Recipients of these letters are advised never to respond to them. You can’t win a lottery you have never entered! This is an example of an advanced fee fraud.”

Cllr Taylor added: “My fear is that if I’ve been sent one of these letters to my home, others with a similar postcode will be targeted as well. That’s why I want to urge anyone who gets one of these bogus letters to simply ignore it and put it in the blue bin with the rest of your waste paper.”