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Scams Update

Alert message sent 26/06/2020 13:07:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland




Lottery Scam

A local South Lanarkshire resident has reported receiving a letter from ‘International Postcode Lottery Online’ in Melbourne, Australia, stating she had won £900,000.

The letter she received looked very professional and requested she tell no one about the win. She was instructed to call a number in London to claim her prize.

The way the scam works is, when you call the number you are asked to make a small payment to release the funds…which of course never arrive.

The request to not tell anyone is a clear tactic to ensure the victim is not alerted to the possibility of a scam. Our advice is to always take 5 minutes and tell 3 people before reacting to anything like this.


Face Masks

With face masks now mandatory on public transport in Scotland, we are reminding people to be wary when purchasing masks through online marketplaces which claim to be medical grade.

Counterfeit or poorly made masks may offer a false sense of security as they are unlikely to offer the advertised level of protection, but don’t worry, there’s information online about what to look out for:

National Insurance Scam

We’ve heard reports of people receiving official looking emails purporting to be from the UK Government, stating they have established a ‘new tax refund programme for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic’.

This is a scam – the email goes on to say that, based on your National Insurance contributions, you are eligible for a tax refund.


HMRC regularly update their list of genuine communications to help you avoid scams.

You can read more about these scams and the latest scams doing the rounds in this week's Scam Share bulletin from Trading Standards Scotland.

If you’ve been the victim of a scam, report it to us at consumer.enquiries@southlanarkshire.gov.uk or call us on 0303 123 1015.

Stay safe!







 
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