Does Leon Hirtle really want to donate his lottery winnings to you?

Leon Hirtle lives in Nova Scotia, Canada and won $13m on the Atlantic Lottery in October 2014.  Since then scam emails has been sent to hundreds of thousands of people telling them they will receive a large sum of money from his winnings.

Below is an example of one of the emails that is being received:

Hirtle

Victims are told they must send personal details before they can get their money.

If you receive this email do not reply or send any personal information.

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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Suffolk Trading Standards is working towards creating and fair and safe trading environment. By creating empowered consumers, that are armed with the knowledge to stop 'rogue traders'.

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