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Warning over bogus lottery giveaway emails

By Amanda Ferguson

Police have issued a warning after bogus emails claiming to be from a Northern Irish lottery winner were used in an online scam.

Strabane woman Margaret Loughrey won £27m in the Euromillions lottery, and last month it was revealed that she would be giving away the bulk of her new fortune. Since the life-changing windfall the 48-year-old has handed out at least £13.5m to people in need and is investing in her home town.

But since the announcement, members of the public have been receiving emails suggesting they are to be a lucky recipient of a donation from Ms Loughrey.

But the emails are bogus, and police are warning the public not to fall for the fraud.

A PSNI spokesman said if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is.

"Under no circumstances should anyone disclose details of bank or building society account numbers to any unauthorised person," he said.

"Similarly, we would advise you do not disclose details of passports or driving licences as proof of identity and address."

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