Police are warning local residents after being made aware of a scam which has been sent through the post, claiming to be from ‘International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery’.
The letter suggests that the recipient is the winner of £500,000, and they are then asked to contact a “claims agent” on a land line, mobile or fax number provided in order to begin the process of claiming the money.
If you make contact with the fraudsters you will be asked to part with money as an up front payment, or forward money to enable them to enter the tender process for a prize that does not exist.
The letter also asks you to inform your “claims agent” of any changes in your personal information or address as soon as possible. Your personal information could then be used by fraudsters to commit identity fraud.
FIFA have confirmed that any such correspondence has no connection with or authorisation from FIFA .
Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto - none of which contact people to tell them of their win. Always remember if you haven’t entered a lottery, then you can’t have won it.
If you have any information please call either the police on 101, Crime Stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or Action Fraud free of charge on 0300 123 2040.