Authorities are warning people in Morley to be vigilant, after details of new scams designed to obtain personal information emerged.
A woman from East Ardsley, who doesn’t want to be named, was sent a letter which purports to be from the People’s Postcode Lottery and informs her that she has won £825,000. It instructs her to telephone what appears to be a London number to collect her “winnings” and the address on the letter does not match that of the officially run UK Postcode Lottery, which has its headquarters in Edinburgh.
Another scheme has seen a number of local people receiving phonecalls from supposed technical service personnel at Talk Talk. The caller claims that the customer is “downloading too much” and then tries to extract personal information from them.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Luckily the people reporting supposed calls from Talk Talk have been vigilant while on the phone and have not given out any information. Talk Talk have been spoken to and they have assured us that they would not contact customers about issues like this.
A spokeswoman for the People’s Postcode Lottery said: “We are aware that sometimes illegitimate individuals and organisations will attempt to use our lottery’s brand to gain access to information and details supplied by unsuspecting members of the public.
“Legitimate lotteries such as the People’s Postcode Lottery will not under any circumstances request a payment in order to receive your ‘winnings’.”
Although such hoaxes can be quite common, there is concern that these new scams could induce vulnerable people.
David Lodge of West Yorkshire Trading Standards says: “With any unsolicited contacts it always pays to be very cautious. The golden rule is never give up any personal details. Remember if you are already a customer then they should already have all your details so there is no need for you to repeat them. Always ask where they are calling from and ask for details such as a phone number so you can verify it is genuine. If you are suspicious make sure you report the matter to Trading Standards by contacting the Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.