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Beware of Olympic lottery scam

Alert message sent 01/05/2012 14:17:00
Information sent on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards

Nottinghamshire County Council trading standards team have been alerted to the latest scam claiming links to the Lottery and the London 2012 Olympics.

Residents have received a letter that claims to be from the '2012 Summer Olympic Lottery' and tells the recipient they have won a £900,000 prize.

The letter asks them to return a form completed with their personal details to unlock the prize.

Anyone who responds to a scam letter is likely to have their details circulated to other criminals and be bombarded with similar scam letters or phone calls.  You should NEVER give your personal or bank account details to people you don't know and trust.

We see hundreds of lottery-related scams but the thing to remember is that you can't have won if you haven't entered in the first place.

As always the message is that if something looks too good to be true it probably is. Letters about a lottery are almost certainly going to be bogus and will typically use poor quality reproductions of the Olympic logos.

Anyone receiving one of the letters can report it to Citizen's Advice consumer helpline on 08454 040506.

Message sent by
David Brocklebank (Nottinghamshire County Council, Trading Standards Officer, Nottinghamshire)

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