From the Evening Times today –
Warning issued over Glasgow health lottery scam which could be targeting the elderly.
THE public is being warned about a health lottery scam circulating Glasgow which could be targeting the elderly.
Letters are being sent out from ‘Health Lottery UK’ telling recipients they have won large sums of money from an ‘unticketed’ draw.
One man was told he had won £300,000 and was asked to call the company and pay a “remittance fee” to claim his prize.
The letter states the company is based at Zenith House, 216 Bishopsgate in Liverpool. Prize winners are told that if they do not claim their money by February 26, funds will be returned to ‘the board of internal revenue.’
The Evening Times called the number listed on the letter but the firm disconnected the line when we asked them to respond to allegations they are committing fraud.
A spokeswoman for the Health Lottery said it was aware of the scam and said legitimate prize winners would not be contacted by letter.
Gary Caldwell, who received a letter, said: “This is clearly a scam however elderly people may well be susceptible to these things.
“I telephoned the genuine Health Lottery who said they were aware of the scam, had contacted the police and had received a number of calls in relation to this.”
A spokeswoman for the Health Lottery said: “The Health Lottery have been made aware of reports of attempts to defraud members of the public through the use of letters claiming to be from the Health Lottery.
“These fraudulent letters state that the recipient has won a prize from the Health Lottery and instructs the recipient to contact the number on the letter in order to claim the prize.
“The Health Lottery never sends letters to inform customers that they have won a prize. Anyone who receives a letter claiming to be from the Health Lottery stating that they are a Health Lottery winner, should not attempt to contact the number or any contact details on the letter.
“f anyone has contacted the number and provided any personal details or have become a victim of fraud they should immediately contact Action Fraud UK by calling 0300 123 2040.”