Lottery scam district warning

A local resident who received a letter purporting to be from a lottery competition has alerted the police after they were asked to disclose their bank details.

Police are now advising members of the public to always air on the side of caution with any text, call, email or letter asking for payment or personal details in order to release money.

The letter in question stated that the resident had won the ‘Commonwealth of Nations Online Lottery Program’.

The letter asked for the resident’s bank details so that the ‘winnings’ could be paid. Fortunately, the recipient recognised this as a scam.

A police spokesman said, “Always guard your personal and banking details and never disclose them to any unauthorised person.

“Also, be extremely cautious before releasing any kind of ‘fee’ in response to an unsolicited text, call, email or letter.

“If you have received a contact of this kind or are concerned by the intent of a financial promise, report it to police on the non-emergency telephone 0845 600 8000.”