Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.
Published at 11:23 on 11 September 2015
NORTH Lanarkshire Council’s Trading Standards department has issued a warning to residents in Cumbernauld that a lottery scam circulating local doors could cost respondents thousands of pounds.
The council’s Trading Standards team are warning residents throughout North Lanarkshire that the lottery scam could cost residents up to £4,200, if they respond to the fraudulent letters.
Appearing at first glance to have been sent by the People's Postcode Lottery, the scam letters inform people that they have won £825,000.
However, to claim the prize recipients are asked to call a London phone number at the UK Security Solution Agency.
The letter states that a clearance fee must be paid by the respondent before the prize money can be paid into the person's bank account.
This 'fee', trading standards has warned, can be up to £4,200 but the prize money is never received.
"We were first alerted to this scam in 2011 when we issued a warning, and we want to make residents aware that it is operating in North Lanarkshire again," Councillor Helen McKenna, Convener of the Environmental Services Committee said.
"Our advice is do not contact the company and do not provide any credit card, bank details or personal information. If you haven't bought a ticket, how can you be a winner?
"If anyone receives this letter, please contact Trading Standards on 01236 856361."
The legitimate People's Postcode Lottery says it will not, under any circumstances, request a payment to receive a prize.
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