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Scam alert

PUBLISHED: 16:37 25 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:19 12 August 2010

RESIDENTS are being targeted in a lottery scam that attempted to con thousands of pounds out of people to release winnings.

RESIDENTS are being targeted in a lottery scam that attempted to con thousands of pounds out of people to "release" winnings.

The schemers have been calling, emailing or sending letters to Bromley residents claiming they have won enormous amounts of cash but that they need to pay a "release fee" to get their hands on the money.

Police are receiving about five calls a week about the scam, which tends to be based on Canadian, Spanish or Euromillions lotteries.

A 74-year-old Bromley resident recently reported receiving a letter from a company informing she had won thousands in the Canadian Lottery. They later phoned asking her to forward a cheque for £1,800 to release the winnings. The victim did this but a friend alerted police. A Bromley police spokesman said: "Our advice is simple: if it sounds too good to be true it usually is.

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