Woman issues warning over Euromillions scam

Echo: Woman issues warning over Euromillions scam Woman issues warning over Euromillions scam

CON ARTISTS sent a letter to a woman in her sixties telling her she had won the Euromillions lottery in a bid to get their hands on her cash.

Beverley Hill, 60, of Hambro Close, Rayleigh, is warning residents not to fall prey to the suspected scam, after a letter landed on her doorstep.

The writers said they were “delighted” to inform her she had won £700,000 in the Euromillions International Postcode Lottery Program – but no such lottery exists.

To begin claiming the cash, she was asked to hand over her bank details to Waterloo Financial Consultants by June 20, otherwise the cash would be returned to the “UK Board of Internal Revenue”.

She said: “It’s sick that these people are around and doing this.

“They knew my name and my address. My daughter looked online at this and found lots of people have reported it.

“If an old person got hold of this letter theymight give their details away.”

Her warning comes as detectives urge residents to be constantly on guard against fraudsters posing as police officers following a series of thefts and attempted thefts.

Residents in Essex have been receiving phone calls from scammers pretending to be police, telling them their bank details had been obtained by thieves. To obtain evidence against the tricksters they asked their victims to hand over bank cards and withdraw cash for forensic testing.

More than 120 people in Essex have been tricked out of money, with a whopping £400,000 stolen so far.

Police advise residents to never hand out bank account details or PIN numbers over the phone, never withdraw money and send it to people via a courier, taxi or other means, and never send bank cards or other personal property via a courier, taxi, or other means.

If residents feel suspicious, call the police on 101. If they were contacted via the phone, either call from a different number or wait five minutes before attempting to make the call to ensure they are not reconnected to the offender.

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12:40pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Mattster says...

Again, if you get a letter telling you that you've won a competition you havent entered its going to be a scam, its always a scam.
Again, if you get a letter telling you that you've won a competition you havent entered its going to be a scam, its always a scam. Mattster
  • Score: 20

6:24pm Tue 10 Jun 14

LexyGirl says...

We just have to be super vigilant and check everything out, in other words, be one step ahead :)
We just have to be super vigilant and check everything out, in other words, be one step ahead :) LexyGirl
  • Score: 3

2:20am Wed 11 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

I can't believe anyone is daft enough to give their bank details out in this day and age.

I screen ALL phone calls and I have to say, they barely get past a cursory greeting the minute I hear a call centre in the background - and if it's an unrecognised number or voice, the phone goes down.

As for anybody sending me emails or snailmail requesting this information it gets reported. End of.
I can't believe anyone is daft enough to give their bank details out in this day and age. I screen ALL phone calls and I have to say, they barely get past a cursory greeting the minute I hear a call centre in the background - and if it's an unrecognised number or voice, the phone goes down. As for anybody sending me emails or snailmail requesting this information it gets reported. End of. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 1

9:14am Wed 11 Jun 14

I-say-you-say says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I can't believe anyone is daft enough to give their bank details out in this day and age. I screen ALL phone calls and I have to say, they barely get past a cursory greeting the minute I hear a call centre in the background - and if it's an unrecognised number or voice, the phone goes down. As for anybody sending me emails or snailmail requesting this information it gets reported. End of.
Well done you! (sic)

From my understanding, you are not an elderly, confused pensioner who lives on their own and has no one to tell them that this is a scam and therefore are unlikely to realise that this is a scam.

It is not about anyone being "daft enough", simply unaware or unable to be aware or even just confused.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe anyone is daft enough to give their bank details out in this day and age. I screen ALL phone calls and I have to say, they barely get past a cursory greeting the minute I hear a call centre in the background - and if it's an unrecognised number or voice, the phone goes down. As for anybody sending me emails or snailmail requesting this information it gets reported. End of.[/p][/quote]Well done you! (sic) From my understanding, you are not an elderly, confused pensioner who lives on their own and has no one to tell them that this is a scam and therefore are unlikely to realise that this is a scam. It is not about anyone being "daft enough", simply unaware or unable to be aware or even just confused. I-say-you-say
  • Score: 8

4:54pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Alekhine says...

Have the Echo got any new or relevant pics?
Have the Echo got any new or relevant pics? Alekhine
  • Score: 0

10:42am Thu 12 Jun 14

maddriver says...

I-say-you-say wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
I can't believe anyone is daft enough to give their bank details out in this day and age. I screen ALL phone calls and I have to say, they barely get past a cursory greeting the minute I hear a call centre in the background - and if it's an unrecognised number or voice, the phone goes down. As for anybody sending me emails or snailmail requesting this information it gets reported. End of.
Well done you! (sic)

From my understanding, you are not an elderly, confused pensioner who lives on their own and has no one to tell them that this is a scam and therefore are unlikely to realise that this is a scam.

It is not about anyone being "daft enough", simply unaware or unable to be aware or even just confused.
Well said I-say-you-say. It's difficult for anyone without the experience to understand that some people are vulnerable enough to fall fro these scams.
[quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe anyone is daft enough to give their bank details out in this day and age. I screen ALL phone calls and I have to say, they barely get past a cursory greeting the minute I hear a call centre in the background - and if it's an unrecognised number or voice, the phone goes down. As for anybody sending me emails or snailmail requesting this information it gets reported. End of.[/p][/quote]Well done you! (sic) From my understanding, you are not an elderly, confused pensioner who lives on their own and has no one to tell them that this is a scam and therefore are unlikely to realise that this is a scam. It is not about anyone being "daft enough", simply unaware or unable to be aware or even just confused.[/p][/quote]Well said I-say-you-say. It's difficult for anyone without the experience to understand that some people are vulnerable enough to fall fro these scams. maddriver
  • Score: 1

10:38pm Thu 12 Jun 14

paulatepc says...

maddriver wrote:
I-say-you-say wrote:
Kim Gandy wrote:
I can't believe anyone is daft enough to give their bank details out in this day and age. I screen ALL phone calls and I have to say, they barely get past a cursory greeting the minute I hear a call centre in the background - and if it's an unrecognised number or voice, the phone goes down. As for anybody sending me emails or snailmail requesting this information it gets reported. End of.
Well done you! (sic)

From my understanding, you are not an elderly, confused pensioner who lives on their own and has no one to tell them that this is a scam and therefore are unlikely to realise that this is a scam.

It is not about anyone being "daft enough", simply unaware or unable to be aware or even just confused.
Well said I-say-you-say. It's difficult for anyone without the experience to understand that some people are vulnerable enough to fall fro these scams.
..that's true, I knew a really intelligent young guy I worked with who lost his wallet, got a call a while later from a "police officer" naming a local station saying it had been handed in and asking for the PIN to confirm identity. Seems crazy but in his panic he just blurted it out. These vile people know only too well how to get information from people who are already under stress....or who are vulnerable. The penalties should be very severe when caught. Also my elderly Mum in her 90s has been scammed by these scum twice. The perpetrators should have their names and photos made public on noticeboards so all their neighbors know who they are.
[quote][p][bold]maddriver[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]I-say-you-say[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe anyone is daft enough to give their bank details out in this day and age. I screen ALL phone calls and I have to say, they barely get past a cursory greeting the minute I hear a call centre in the background - and if it's an unrecognised number or voice, the phone goes down. As for anybody sending me emails or snailmail requesting this information it gets reported. End of.[/p][/quote]Well done you! (sic) From my understanding, you are not an elderly, confused pensioner who lives on their own and has no one to tell them that this is a scam and therefore are unlikely to realise that this is a scam. It is not about anyone being "daft enough", simply unaware or unable to be aware or even just confused.[/p][/quote]Well said I-say-you-say. It's difficult for anyone without the experience to understand that some people are vulnerable enough to fall fro these scams.[/p][/quote]..that's true, I knew a really intelligent young guy I worked with who lost his wallet, got a call a while later from a "police officer" naming a local station saying it had been handed in and asking for the PIN to confirm identity. Seems crazy but in his panic he just blurted it out. These vile people know only too well how to get information from people who are already under stress....or who are vulnerable. The penalties should be very severe when caught. Also my elderly Mum in her 90s has been scammed by these scum twice. The perpetrators should have their names and photos made public on noticeboards so all their neighbors know who they are. paulatepc
  • Score: 2

4:32pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Eastwoodian says...

Why do people insist on approaching the Echo everytime one on these scam letters drops on their doorsteps ?

Once upon a time this would have been breaking news, but with the world (and a particular country in northen Africa) being as it is, then these scams are an everyday occurence !

We don't really need to read about it continually . . . . if you're that stupid to fall for it then you deserve all you get.
Why do people insist on approaching the Echo everytime one on these scam letters drops on their doorsteps ? Once upon a time this would have been breaking news, but with the world (and a particular country in northen Africa) being as it is, then these scams are an everyday occurence ! We don't really need to read about it continually . . . . if you're that stupid to fall for it then you deserve all you get. Eastwoodian
  • Score: -1

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