Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards issue warning over new lottery scam

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Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards is warning residents to be on their guard against a new Lottery scam claiming to have links with the London 2012 Olympics.

A concerned Nottinghamshire resident contacted Police after receiving a letter headed ‘2012 Summer Olympic Lottery’, which tells the recipient they have won a £900,000 prize.

The letter asks them to return a form completed with their personal details, including bank account information, to claim the prize.

There have been reports of similar letters being sent to Derbyshire residents.

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. Trading Standards advises that you should never give your personal or bank account details to people you don’t trust.

Coun Mick Murphy, cabinet member for public protection at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Trading Standards see hundreds of lottery-related scams but the thing you should always remember is that you can’t have won anything 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. In this case, other giveaway signs include a poor quality reproduction of London 2012 and Olympics logos, poor use of grammar and spelling mistakes.”

The warning comes during the Trading Standards Institute’s Scam Awareness Month.

Anyone receiving similar letters that they suspect may be scams is urged to report it to the Citizens Advice Consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.