Pensioner’s warning over lotto letter scam

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A pensioner who received a scam letter from a company asking him for personal details is warning others not to be taken in.

John Cowie (79) who lived in Craigdhu Road, Milngavie for many years before moving to Torrance said he received an unsolicited letter from Bono Lotto in London a couple of weeks ago telling him he had won a share of £825,000 and needed to claim it within three weeks of the date of the letter or he would lose his entitlement. The letter was dated October 27.

Mr Cowie said: “I went to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and they told me to ignore the letter. Although they didn’t ask for money this time, if I had given them more details, I am sure they would have pestered me for money in subsequent letters.”

And Mr Cowie added, “I want to warn people who may be tempted to reply to these letter, not to do so. Just throw it in the bin.”

Diane Campbell, director of governance and regulation at the council said: “There are so many of these scams going around. They can be in letter form, or by email or phone, each saying out of the blue that people have won money. In all such cases people should be very wary – if it looks too good to be true and comes from an unsolicited source then it undoubtedly is.

“These scammers are very clever and are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Our clear advice to residents is never to divulge any personal information whatsoever if they are contacted in this way.”

People who have received one of these letters can contact the council’s Trading Standards team for help and advice. They can be reach on 0300 1234510 or e-mail 
trading.standards@east
dunbarton.gov.uk.