Warning over Scam “People’s Postcode Lottery” Letters

We have received a copy of the following lottery scam that has been received by a resident in Suffolk.

The letter suggests that the recipient is the winner of £825,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery.  Recipients are persuaded to submit personal information and to part with money as an upfront processing fee.

We can confirm that this is in fact a scam, and that if you have received the letter you should not respond to it!

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If you are unsure about a letter or email that you have received that purports to be from The People’s Postcode Lottery, please call their Customer Services team on 0808-10•9•8•7•6•5 and staff will be happy to advise you if it is genuine.

Protect yourself against lottery fraud

  • Never respond to any such communication. If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto.  No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings.  Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.
  • Never, ever disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance.
  • If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a fraud.
  • Many fraudulent lotteries have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work.

If fraud has been committed, report it to Action Fraud.

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One Response to Warning over Scam “People’s Postcode Lottery” Letters

  1. Adrian says:

    Just received same letter through our door in Derbyshire all the numbers are the same contact details are different

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