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Fake Lottery letter warning

By Natasha Swift 25th May 2016

Fake Lottery letter warning
SCAM: A copy of the fake Lottery winner letter

A LANJETH man is warning other residents to be on their guard after a scam letter claiming he had won more than £300,000 from the People’s Postcode Lottery landed on his door mat.

 
The “lucky” winner, who does not want to be named,  received the letter — dated May 13 — from a man based in London claiming to be from the lottery organisation.

The letter sent from Dr Benjamin Lawson said the resident was the winner of £325,000 from the Postcode Lottery Bid award International program held in London.

He told the Voice: “When the letter arrived I looked at it and thought it was a scam and maybe other people in the area had also received it.

“It seems to be telling me I’ve won the postcode lottery and then says I have the winning numbers. It’s very confusing and makes no sense.

“I just want other people to realise this is a scam and not to respond. I didn’t call the number or make any contact with Dr Lawson. It is clearly fake.”

The letterhead shows the logo of the People’s Postcode Lottery and gives an address an Zenith House, 429 Canada Square, London, which does not exist.

It claims the recipient has won a £325,000 share of a total cash prize of £45m and goes on to explain that winners are selected at “random by computer from database of Electoral roll resident in the United Kingdom, winners in different categories emerged by computer random selection from pool of over 12 million names.”

This explains how winners have been chosen despite not buying a ticket from the People’s Postcode Lottery.

The letter tells the so-called winner to call Dr Benjamin Lawson — the service manager of Zenith Financial Management — to arrange the processing and remittance of the money.

The scam works by asking recipients of the letter to send money to cover the processing costs of claiming the prize.

But once this has been paid the scammers disappear with the money and the victim does not receives any winnings.

In small print at the bottom of the letter it claims to be a “Government-licensed Lottery Service Agency which has been marketing National Lotteries to subscribers for over 23 years. Acting as agents on behalf of Lottery players around the world, ZFM makes it possible.”

The letter advises winners to claim their prize by the end of June or lose it and urges them to let claim agents know if they have changed their address or personal details.

It ends: “Your claims company will be paid 5 per cent of the award prize as the commission after you have received your money.”

If anyone receives a suspicious letter they should contact ActionFraud on 0300 123 2040 or contact the police via the website at: www.actionfraud.police.uk

By Natasha Swift 25th May 2016

Jackie Worthington 26th October 2016 20:11
My mother received a letter today allegedly from The Health Lottery. It is exactly same scam but letter sent from Liverpool but same building name and number. My mother is 74 year old and suffers from dementia. Numbers exactly same as postcode and so is id number.
Sue Bush 29th October 2016 16:30
Received the same letter this, same winning balls but signed by a Dr. D. Duke. I live in Norfolk. Thought it was a scam so did not act on it. The letter itself looks a bit dodgy.
Karen mcdonagh 21st August 2017 14:18
I just got the same letter Health lottery uk telling me I won £300,000,00 I had to ring a James Edwards the foreign service manager of Belgradevia financial. I did ring he asked me if I wanted bank transfer or cheque I said cheque. He then sad that he would send it across to the payment department and that they will ring me. So I am waiting to see if anyone rings back. I
Linda Parr 23rd August 2017 18:55
I have got the same letter, very good if you do not know about these scams. God help older people with no internet to check address.
Alison barnett 31st October 2017 11:58
My 94-year old Mum was excited to receive the same letter -- this time signed by a Baron Wheels of Belgravia Financial Management at 4 London Wall Buildings, London, EC2M 5NT -- saying she´d won £325.000. I was instantly suspicious, as she has never played the People´s Postcode Lottery, and you have to buy a ticket to win anything.
Please warn elderly relatives about this!
Gloria Elizabeth Mann 13th November 2017 17:14
My 95 year old mother has just received the same letter, saying she had won £375,000 she has dementia and was very excited to have received this letter. Luckily I live with her and thought it was a scam, must admit it all sounded very convincing and as usual if it is too good to be true, it isnt. The address was Whitehall London and Jonatham Samuels was the Foreign service manager, I noted that Jonathan was spelt wrong.
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