Euromillions Scam

November 2, 2011 by  
Filed under Lottery News, Lottery Winners

Dave and Angela Dawes from Wisbech scooped a massive £101 million last month but online fraudsters are trying to cash in on their success with a EuroMillions scam. The lucky couples generosity has been well publicised after they pledged to share their wealth and make twenty friends and family members instant millionaires but now emails supposedly from the couple have been sent to try and trick members of the public.

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Several people have come forward with emails purporting to come from the couple informing them that they are one of the twenty lucky ‘instant millionares’, the emails state “My wife and I won a 101m EuroMillions jackpot in October and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of 1 millions to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lot of 20 lucky individuals all over the world. If you have received this email then you are one of the lucky recipients and all you have to do is get back with us.”

The email goes on to informs the recipient that they need to send them contact address and a valid form of identification so they can forward the details to the bank to process their windfall. In other emails they are asked for their own bank account details and in some cases even instructed to open an account with Alliance & Leicester even though it ceased to exist months before the Dawes EuroMillions win when they were taken over by Santander.

Cambridgeshire police who are investigating the emails say “You should never give personal details and account numbers to anyone, especially strangers and unsolicited contacts. It is always worth bearing in mind that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.”