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Local residents are being warned to beware of an email scam that claims recipients have won money in a lottery promotion that is approved by the British Gaming Board.

 


Jane Day, senior consumer adviser in Peterborough City Council’s trading standards team, said: “We have been advised that there is an email being distributed advising recipients that they have won a lot of money in a lottery promotion. The email claims that the draw is approved by the British Gaming Board and requests that recipients provide certain information.

“Our advice is that people should never respond to these types of emails. People who have not bought a lottery ticket cannot have won.

“People should never give their bank details to a stranger as they could find their account has been emptied. Always be wary before giving any bank or credit card details and never give these unless you are going to purchase the item from a known source.

“Always remember that if an offer seems too good to be true then it usually is.”

Anyone who is unsure whether or not an offer is genuine or would like advice about consumer rights should call Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06.

March 2007 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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