Lottery fraudsters targeting Bromley's vulnerable residents

PUBLISHED: 14:49 21 May 2013

Fraudsters are targetting Bromley residents with promises of big lottery prizes and financial rebates, according to the borough's Trading Standards.

As part of Scams Awareness Month, people are being warned of cleverly worded letters and phonecalls that aim to get hold of personal financial details, and trick vulnerable people out of their savings.

National figures recently revealed 22,000 reports of scams were made to the Citizens’ Advice service in England and Wales over the past 12 months.

Cllr Tim Stevens, executive for public protection and safety, said: “Trading Standards are aware of people who have seen their money go down the drain as con artists rip them off by promising lottery wins, work on their home or a new job only to find there is nothing at the end.

“I urge people to be on the look-out for rogues who aim to make money at the expense of others. Don’t forget that scams are crimes so it is vital they are reported.”

Signs of a scam:

· The call, letter, e-mail or text has come out of the blue.

· You’ve never heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about .

· You didn’t buy a ticket – so can’t win.

· They are asking you to send money in advance.

· They are saying you have to respond quickly, so you don’t get time to think about it or ask family and friends before you decide.

· They are telling you to keep it a secret.

· They seem to be offering you something for nothing.

· If it seems too good to be true – it probably is.

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