Warning over scam email
PEOPLE are being warned not to fall for an email - which is a scam - claiming to be from a Haverhill couple who won �148million on the EuroMillions lottery.
The email says Adrian and Gillian Bayford have decided to donate �800,000 to the recipient as part of their own charity project to improve the lives of “five unknown lucky individuals all over the world plus 10 close friends and family”.
The email then asks for the recipient to reply providing their name, address and contact number so their details can be verified in England as “we are presently in Canada for holidays”.
Richard Hudspith, who runs the Suffolk Music Centre in Queen Street, Haverhill, alongside Mr Bayford, said the scam came to his attention about two days ago.
He said: “I think we can safely say that’s complete rubbish that one.”
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The couple are thought to still be holidaying with their children at a Scottish caravan park.
A spokeswoman for Camelot, which operates the National Lottery, said: “We are aware that there are many organisations that attempt to obtain payment or personal details electronically from people under a variety of pretexts.
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“The National Lottery, winners of The National Lottery and other lotteries are sometimes falsely used as part of these scams. We believe that some of these organisations are based overseas, often targeting people here in the UK.
“We would urge people to remember that, if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. If any individual believes they are a victim of crime, they should contact their local police.
“Our own website www.national-lottery.co.uk provides security advice in respect of lottery ‘scams’ (http://www.national-lottery.co.uk/player/p/help/yoursecurity/commonscams.ftl).”