Scam letter asks for £1,000 to ‘release’ half-million lottery win

Scammers are trying to fool people into thinking they have won the lottery Picture: TORANGE.BIZ

Scammers are trying to fool people into thinking they have won the lottery Picture: TORANGE.BIZ - Credit: Archant

Suffolk residents have been warned not to be fooled by a scam letter congratulating them on winning the lottery.

Suffolk Trading Standards received a number of reports from residents who received scam letter in th

Suffolk Trading Standards received a number of reports from residents who received scam letter in the post Picture: SUFFOLK TRADING STANDARDS - Credit: Suffolk Trading Standards

Trading Standards officers have received a number of reports from residents who have received the scam letter in the post.

The letter says the resident has been awarded a prize of £520,000 in a recent draw.

On calling the number in the letter, the recipient is advised that a 'fee' of £1,000 will have to be paid to 'release' the winning cheque - and that bank details are requested.

A spokesman said: "This is not linked to The Health Lottery.

"Legitimate lotteries will not approach you asking you to claim a prize.

"You may receive an email advising you of a win and instructing you to check your online account, but it is for you to approach the lottery company in order to claim any prize due."

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If you need advice, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.

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