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Warning over a World Cup scam

A SOLIHULL resident is warning people to beware of a World Cup lottery con.

A SOLIHULL resident is warning people to beware of a World Cup lottery con.

Retired Koon Wan received the letter from the ‘Headquarters’ of Fifa House in Zurich saying he’d won £800,000 in a lottery he’d never heard of and never entered.

The official looking letter, complete with bar code, World Cup and National Lottery logos, invites the winner to call one of three telephone numbers to ‘process their winnings’.

“This is a terrible letter, imagine someone thinking it’s genuine and getting in touch with these people. I rang the numbers just to check them out and two of them were answerphones and the third just rang out,” said Mr Wan, of Huntley Drive.

The letter, which has a number of spelling and grammatical errors, urges people to fill out an enclosed form with their details and fax through to a London number.

To hurry the winner along, there’s a closing date of August 31, 2010, after which the winnings will go to the ‘UK Board of Internal Revenue’.

“These people are just con artists.” said Mr Wan, who has informed the police of the scam, “No-one gives their name and address when they buy a lottery ticket. I urge everyone to beware this letter and don’t get conned.”

 

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