Don’t bank on lottery letters

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A Buxton couple are warning locals to be on their guard against postal scams after receiving a letter from conmen telling them that they had won 85,000 Euros.

Angela and Chris Elvidge knew instantly that the letter from “Euro Milliones” lottery was a fake - but want to raise the alarm in case people might be taken in.

Attached to the notification of the “win” was a form asking people to fill in their bank details - a gift for the criminals who would then empty their victims’ accounts.

“I don’t want anyone to be taken in by it,” said Angela. “It does look quite official.”

A Derbyshire County Council spokesman said: “If residents receive lottery-type letters these are unlikely to be genuine, especially if you have no recollection of entering such a competition.

“Under no circumstances should people send any money in response to these letters and if they continue to have concerns they can ring the national advice line Consumer Direct on 08454 04 05 06 for further advice.”