Be aware of lottery and prize draw scams

Published: 07 December 2020

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Be Aware of Lottery and Prize Draw Scams




We know that clicking links in E-mails may be unsafe. We are quoting some links below, but if you are reluctant to click on these then please feel free to search the web for Scamnesty, which should lead you to National Trading Standards website Friends Against Scams.

For week one of their #Scamnestycampaign, Friends Against Scams will be looking at lottery/prize draw scams. The infographic above explains the signs that a letter might be a scam. Check out the Friends website for more information on the campaign: www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/scamnesty#ScamAware

Lottery/prize draw scams will claim you have won a large sum of money. However, you must pay a small fee in order to access the funds. See the link for details on how to send your scam mail to the team this Christmas: www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/scamnesty#ScamAware#Scamnesty

Have you received post telling you you’ve won a lottery and all you need to do to claim the prize is send a small administration fee? This is a sign of a lottery scam. Take a stand against scams and send your scam mail to the Friends team! Find out more here: www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/scamnesty#ScamAware#Scamnesty

If you have received a suspicious E-mail then you can forward it to the National Cyber Security Centre at report@phishing.gov.uk. They will investigate it and take action where possible.Timely alerts from people like you help them to act quickly and protect many more people from being affected.

Please note… You should not report a crime to the NCSC in this way. If you think you may have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, and live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you should report this to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2020. If you live in Scotland, you should report this to Police Scotland by calling 101.


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