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I am told I have won a European Postcode Lottery draw.Is this

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I am told I have won a European Postcode Lottery draw.Is this a scam ?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Hi.
Thank you for your question. My name is ***** ***** I will try to help with this.
-Could you explain your situation a little more?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

I have a letter apparently from a vice president of the EU saying I have won a lottery prize.The name,Harry Buttler,is not listed in the EU list of VP's,nor is there any mention of a European Postcode Lottery on the EU website.

Is this a scam ?

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Did you buy a ticket?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

No.The beauty of a Post code lottery is that no prior information is required from the 'participant'. The organiser/scammer can then initiate a 'winners' letter as the first notification without immediately causing suspicion of a fraud.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Have you been asked to transfer money by any chance?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Not at this stage. They only refer to 'remitting the winnings.'

I would expect the next request to be for bank details instead of sending a cheque. Then the scam would be set up.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Yes, I do agree.
This has all the hallmarks of a scam.
I don't know anything about this particular lottery obviously but if you haven't bought a ticket you don't normally win lotteries and also they have no reason to need your account details.
I wouldn't get involved in this.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Jo
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Thank you - no.

I think a call to the local Trading Standards office is indicated.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 2 years ago.
Not a bad idea.
They may well be based abroad though.
Just don't give them your financial information.
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