Scam letter told me I’d won the lottery

Janis Martin with the scam letter

Janis Martin with the scam letter

First published in Echo News by

AWOMAN has warned others to watch out after she was targeted by a scam lottery mail-out.

Janis Martin, 55, of Elm Road, Shoebury, received a letter apparently sent from Brussels, and written in poor English, telling her she had won £700,000 on the Euromillions International Postcode Lottery.

The letter required her to call a claims line and post her bank details to an address in Manchester. Essex Police fear thousands of people in the county have been targeted by the scam letter this week.

Mrs Martin said she wasn’t fooled, but feared others might be. She said: “It says the draw was in November, but I wasn’t informed until now because of a mix-up of names, but I’ve never even played this.

“I read it a number of times and there’s mistakes all the way through it – there’s no web address and you can clearly see the writing is faded and not very clever in parts.

“When I reported it, I was told a 90–year-old woman was one of about four people who had reported it that day, but I had visions of an elderly couple losing their life savings and wanted to make sure no vulnerable people fell for this.”

The letter even claims it is supported by the Fifa World Cup, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and National Lottery.

Graham Anthony, Essex Police’s crime prevention advisor, said: “The reminder is never to give out your personal information, especially account details, PIN and signatures to strangers.

“After all, if you haven’t entered, how can you win?

Something that seems too good to be true usually is.”

For more help and information, contact police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 204.

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12:08pm Fri 2 May 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Never fail to find how gullible some people are, though we all like to think money will simply drop through our letter boxes, but come on...
Never fail to find how gullible some people are, though we all like to think money will simply drop through our letter boxes, but come on... carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 8

12:38pm Fri 2 May 14

Howard Cháse says...

Was it signed by Tom Champagne?
Was it signed by Tom Champagne? Howard Cháse
  • Score: 11

12:40pm Fri 2 May 14

ChampKind says...

I don't need to win a fake lottery, I've got a deal going with a Nigerian Prince,
This time next year I'll be a multi-millionaire apparently....
I don't need to win a fake lottery, I've got a deal going with a Nigerian Prince, This time next year I'll be a multi-millionaire apparently.... ChampKind
  • Score: 47

12:53pm Fri 2 May 14

Mattster says...

Generally if you get a letter informing you that you have won a competition that you havent entered alarm bells should be ringing.
Generally if you get a letter informing you that you have won a competition that you havent entered alarm bells should be ringing. Mattster
  • Score: 11

12:53pm Fri 2 May 14

Mattster says...

Generally if you get a letter informing you that you have won a competition that you havent entered alarm bells should be ringing.
Generally if you get a letter informing you that you have won a competition that you havent entered alarm bells should be ringing. Mattster
  • Score: 11

12:59pm Fri 2 May 14

pembury53 says...

there's always someone out there, dreaming of a life less terrible, to take the bait..... the spider casts its web, and has time on its side.....
there's always someone out there, dreaming of a life less terrible, to take the bait..... the spider casts its web, and has time on its side..... pembury53
  • Score: 7

1:19pm Fri 2 May 14

rayleigh123 says...

I am sure we have had this one - a long lost cousin recently died somwwhere in Africa and left umpteen millions in a bank account with no relatives. This very nice bank official can get the money out for me - just send me my bank detials and this very nice man will send me the money straight to my account .

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I am sure we have had this one - a long lost cousin recently died somwwhere in Africa and left umpteen millions in a bank account with no relatives. This very nice bank official can get the money out for me - just send me my bank detials and this very nice man will send me the money straight to my account . . . rayleigh123
  • Score: 9

1:48pm Fri 2 May 14

shoess3 says...

Reminds me of a scambaiting site, where those being scammed respond to the scammers, but turning around the situation. Many a laugh in www.419eater.com
Reminds me of a scambaiting site, where those being scammed respond to the scammers, but turning around the situation. Many a laugh in www.419eater.com shoess3
  • Score: 8

1:49pm Fri 2 May 14

Nelly99 says...

No harm in spreading the word. Some people may still fall for it and there will always be some success if they try hard enough. Just the other day Vince Cable offered to sell me shares in the Royal Mail at a fraction of their price. Luckily I saw through him with a hacksaw! Lucky escape eh?
No harm in spreading the word. Some people may still fall for it and there will always be some success if they try hard enough. Just the other day Vince Cable offered to sell me shares in the Royal Mail at a fraction of their price. Luckily I saw through him with a hacksaw! Lucky escape eh? Nelly99
  • Score: 12

2:03pm Fri 2 May 14

hornsxandxhalos says...

You seriously have to be thick as sh!t to fall for anything like this.
I've had loads of scam emails, claiming that I have won money and other expensive things, I just ignore them all.
You do not get something for nothing, if you haven't entered something to win anything, then it's not real.
You seriously have to be thick as sh!t to fall for anything like this. I've had loads of scam emails, claiming that I have won money and other expensive things, I just ignore them all. You do not get something for nothing, if you haven't entered something to win anything, then it's not real. hornsxandxhalos
  • Score: 3

2:45pm Fri 2 May 14

the25man says...

The Echo should thank people like this as it helps them and others
The Echo should thank people like this as it helps them and others the25man
  • Score: 9

8:26pm Fri 2 May 14

billericay boy says...

I received a letter today from someone called HMRC telling me I owe ten grand, I think that's a scam letter.
I received a letter today from someone called HMRC telling me I owe ten grand, I think that's a scam letter. billericay boy
  • Score: 12

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