Police Warn Players Over Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Lottery Scam
Updated: Friday 21st March 2014
Police in Glasgow have issued a warning over a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games lottery scam where scammers send out letters to inform people that they have won a large sum of money. The scam, which was discovered by police yesterday, came to light after members of the public received letters advising them that they had become a winner in the Common Wealth of Nations Online Lottery.
The letters, which include logos of both the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the National Lottery, asked recipients to send their bank details in order to receive their prize. Although the letters claim to be from lottery officials, no such lottery exists and police have been quick to advise players that the letters are in no way associated with the National Lottery or the Commonwealth Games.
Although the scam has now been discovered, police have said that a number of people had lost “significant” amounts of money in the scam. Detective Inspector Kenny Thomson of Police Scotland’s Economic Crime Unit said: “It is important for the public to understand there is no Commonwealth Games Lottery and you should never provide your bank details or send money in response to a company or organisation you have never heard of before.” Anyone who has received a letter of this kind, or has sent money in relation to it, is asked to call the police on 101.
Although lottery scams have been in circulation for years, scammers are using increasingly cunning methods to get people to part with their money. If you are concerned that you have been a victim of a scam, Lottery.co.uk would like to remind you of the keys points when it comes to fake lottery games:
- The only way to win a prize in any lottery is to have purchased a valid ticket and matched a winning combination
- Lottery officials will never ask you to pay a fee to release your winnings
- Lotteries will never enter you into a draw without your consent
- Legitimate lottery prizes can only be claimed upon presentation of a winning ticket
For further information on scams, visit the Lottery Scams page.
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