Every day, people throughout the UK open their post, receive a telephone call, turn on their computers or switch on their mobile phones to find they have unexpectedly won an exciting prize in a prize draw, lottery, sweepstake or other form of promotion. While some of these approaches are legitimate, others are a dishonest attempt to trap you into parting with your money or to steal your identity the registration or payment processing form usually ask for a comprehensive list of personal details including bank details.
Many common scams take the form of prize draws or lotteries designed to trick the unwary. Scams are usually based outside the UK from countries in Europe, North America, Canada and so on, although they may use UK Post Office or mail boxes to give the impression that the lottery is based in the UK.
More often than not, there is no prize or reward on offer. Anything that is ‘won’ is usually sub-standard, overpriced or misleadingly described and worth much less than the requested fee.
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