A woman has warned people not to fall for a lottery scam after she was sent a letter saying she had won a lump sum of £725,000.
In the letter, Elizabeth Neilson of Kirkintilloch was told her numbers had come up on the “Euromillions Fifa World Cup Super Lottery programme.
The document, which featured FIFA World Cup logos, asked Elizabeth for her bank details and a variety of personal information.
It told her to not make public her “win” to “avoid unwarranted abuse of the programme or fraudulent acts from criminal-minded and unauthorised persons”.
Elizabeth told the Herald: “I knew it was a scam immediately because I don’t do the lottery!
“I want to put out a warning as I don’t want other people to be taken in by it. It has all the official logos on it.”
The letter, purportedly sent by a Harry Butler stated that the programme had been designed to promote this year’s World Cup in Brazil
It stated: “This is a tax-free draw and all participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 3,000,000 individuals worldwide.”
It stated that to claim the money, Elizabeth had to contact the foreign service manager of a financial corporation before November 28 or the cash would be returned to the UK internal revenue.
Diane Campbell, director of governance and regulation at East Dunbartonshire Council, said: “There are countless numbers of these scams on the go. People who receive unsolicited calls, letters or emails out of the blue from someone telling them they have either won or qualified for a cash prize should be very wary.
“The scammers are becoming more sophisticated in terms of their approaches and local residents should be very careful not to divulge any personal information whatsoever when they are contacted in this way.
“If it looks too good to be true and comes from an unsolicited source then it undoubtedly is.
“The council’s Trading Standards Team is here to help and any residents who wish to report or get advice about a scam or consumer problem should telephone on 0300 1234510 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.”