Cops warn of scam postcode lottery letters

Scam letter - Nottinghamshire police warning.
Scam letter - Nottinghamshire police warning.

Police are reminding the public to be vigilant about scam mail after a Sutton man received a fraudulent letter from a fake ‘postcode lottery’ company.

The letter claims to be from the ‘People’s Postcode Lottery 2015 Award International Programs’ which does not exist and police believe it is unlikely to be an isolated incident.

A police spokesperson said: “In the message, it states that you should ring the Foreign Service manager of UK Security Solutions to claim your prize. There is no such thing as the People’s Postcode Lottery 2015 Award International Programs.

“It is a scam to get your bank account details.”

Police want to remind the public that you will never be asked over the phone by your bank or the police to provide your PIN number or bank account details.

In addition, a legitimate competition will never ask for advance payment.

If you receive one of these letters, or think you have been a victim of fraud, please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101.

Alternatively, you can call Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, on 0300 123 2040.

Nottinghamshire police are supporting the Action Fraud Urban Myths campaign and you can find more information on the force’s Facebook page.

For more information on how to prevent yourself being a victim of fraud visit the force’s advice section.