Police Scotland is reminding the public to be vigilant against fraud following a recent postal scam reported in the North-East.
A number of residents across Aberdeenshire have received letters purporting to be from the ‘FIFA Euromillions International Postcode Lottery’. The recipients are informed they have won a large amount of money and should telephone a number on the letter quoting a reference number. The individual they speak to asks them to confirm their bank details so that the money can be transferred, but money is actually taken out of their account.
The letters make look similar to the one below
PC Kev Marron, from Police Scotland’s Crime Reduction Unit, said
We are grateful to the people in our communities who have brought this latest scam to our attention. It is great to see that more and more people are realising if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. These types of scams often target the most vulnerable people in our communities and the despicable criminals simply do not care.
I would urge people to simply ignore these letters and throw them away. Above all, do not contact these people and certainly never give your personal or financial details over the telephone to anyone.
If anyone has any concerns or requires advice, they should contact Police Scotland on 101 and ask to speak to their local Crime Reduction Officer.