Scam warning over ‘lottery winner’ letter

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A Cooden man is warning residents to be alert after he received a scam letter claiming he had won more than £700,000 in a lottery he had never entered.

Clive Winter found a note from the Post Office when he returned home to Cooden Close, informing him a package was waiting for him to collect at Bexhill Post Office.

He arrived at the collection office to find a letter, rather than a parcel, waiting for him - and was told he had to pay £1.54 for the privilege of collecting it.

Clive paid the money thinking the letter could be important.

Instead he found a letter congratulating him on his £710,000 lottery win - despite Clive never having bought a ticket.

The letter told him to call a number to claim his winnings.

But Clive knew it was a fake and instead reported it to the police.

Now the 63-year-old is warning others to make sure they, or someone they know, doesn’t fall victim to the scammers.

The letter purported to be sent by the Euro Millions People’s International Post Code Lottery from Brussels, Belgium.

There are reports of similar scam letters being received across England, Scotland and Wales.

Clive said: “I Googled it last night and there’s a couple of horrid stories come up on there from people who have got involved in it.

“It worries me because my mum is 92 and she would fall for something like this.

“I did phone the police about it and they said ‘whatever you do, do not give your details out’.

“I’m just concerned that people maybe slightly older than me may fall for it.”

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