Posted on 8th June 2017
Officers from the Hadfield and Tintwistle Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team are warning residents to be wary of scam letters.
It is after a woman aged in her 70s in the Hadfield area reported a letter she had received through the post telling her she had won a large amount of money through a lottery and needed to make contact to claim her prize.
PCSO Brian Buller said: “The letter was brought to our attention by a local resident who was concerned that it may not have been genuine, and that others may be tempted to reply.
“If you receive any unexpected letters which ask you to make contact or to give confidential details such as your bank details, treat them with extreme caution.”
Scam letters like these will often tell the receiver that they need to reply quickly or risk losing their prize, and to keep their win a secret.
They will often tell the so-called winner that they need to pay costs such as taxes, legal or banking fees in order to get their cash.
PCSO Buller added: “Remember if you don’t know the person, haven’t bought a ticket or entered this competition or lottery then you can’t possibly have won, no matter how believable or tempting it sounds.”
“The best advice is to never respond to letters like these and to never reveal your bank details or pay fees in advance to release your prize. If you have responded and given your bank details then alert your bank immediately and notify the police or Action Fraud.”
To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 5040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk. You can also report concerns to police by calling 101 or through the Contact Us page by clicking here.