Scam warning as woman gets fake lottery prize letter
Police have issued a warning after a woman received a scam letter claiming she had won a fortune in the EuroMillions.
The woman from Bangor, Co Down, got the official looking letter purporting to be from the FIFA EuroMillions International Postcode Lottery in a con that has swindled thousands of pounds from unsuspecting victims.
The letter featured the official FIFA and EuroMillions logos and claimed the woman had won £750,000. But the eagle-eyed recipient raised the alarm after she realised it was fake.
It claimed that all participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 80,000,000 individuals world-wide. The letter tried to dupe people into ringing the number stated on the letter.
It also states that the receiver must respond by the end of the month to claim the money, otherwise the entire fund will be returned to the UK board of internal revenue - a fake company - as unclaimed.
A picture of the letter was posted on PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin's Twitter page. He commented: "This scam letter was recognised by a householder in Bangor. Look out. Don't be fooled."
The letter states: "Due to a mix up of names and numbers the results were released on 15/10/2015.
"Your name attached to the ticket number drew lucky numbers 8, 55, 24, 65, 44 with bonus ball 9 which consequently won in the third category.
"You have therefore been approved as the winner of the lump sum pay out of £750,000. Congratulations."
The Belfast Telegraph rang the number and asked for the man named on the letter.
The man confirmed he was Karl Isaac, the foreign payment manager for Pimple Securities and Creditors - a company that does not exist.
After asking for personal details including full name, he became irate when it was not relayed to him. He said: "This is Karl Isaac. You have to be able to give me your second name and your information for me to be able to speak to you further. Anyone can call me saying I have a claim. I need to verify it."
When he became aware that it was a newspaper calling and when asked why he posted a scam letter, he replied: "No, it's not a scam letter. Yes, we sent the letter to her saying she won the money.
"Ask the person who got the letter to ring me."