5 Jul 2019
DON'T FALL FOR IT Lottery scam warning as fake letters telling public they’ve won World Cup 2022 jackpot sent across UK
VICTIMS across the country are receiving fake letters saying they’ve won a lottery prize linked to the 2022 World Cup.
Cops have issued a warning about fake letters being sent from the "International Postcode Online Lottery", linked to the FIFA World Cup, claiming the recipient has won a hefty £900k prize.
The letter, claiming that the recipient has won £900k has been received across the UK
The fraudsters make you pay various fees and taxes in instalments, so they can release your non-existent prize winnings.
Members of the public receiving the bogus letters are also asked for their bank account number to begin the scamming.
One recipient of the scam had been told they had won £900,000, but that they had to pay a sum of fees and taxes before they could get their winnings.
The fake lottery letters also ironically ask people to keep the fact they’ve won quiet to prevent fraud.
The letter, published by West Midlands Police, reads: "This program was designed and promoted by European lottery, Loteria, El Gordo and Commonwealth Bank of Australia to promote the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Qatar and the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games to be hosted by Japan.
"Please to help us proceed with your claims, this information must be kept away from the public to avoid unwarranted abuse of the program or fraudulent acts from criminal minded and unauthorised person(s)."
Once getting in touch, the fraudsters will ask you to supply copies of your passport which can be used to steal your identity.
The FIFA World Cup lottery scam is written to create a sense of urgency, sending recipients into panic mode when faced with their large, imaginary money prize.
Making them as believable as possible, the fake letters are signed and stamped, the victims are given an official phone number, date to claim their prize and an address to collect the fake winnings.
The most bizarre part of the scam is that recipients who haven’t even entered into the lottery or bought a ticket are told they are winners.
Police and authorities have stressed the tell-tale signs for spotting when you are being scammed.
The urgent deadline for collecting the prize amount is just one of the signs that the letters are a fraud.
Scammers also are prone to making punctuation, spelling and grammar errors in their letters.
Official lotteries don’t contact people when they’re winners, which is another sign that the World Cup lotto letters are fraudulent.