Olympic lottery scam warning

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Residents around Pocklington are being warned to stay vigilant after reports of an apparent scam involving letters being sent to the public claiming they are winners in a special Olympic Lottery.

The warning comes after a Pocklington woman received a letter claiming to be from the London 2012 Olympic Games Lottery saying she had won a large sum of money, before requesting personal and bank information.

The letter, addressed personally to the woman, told her she was required to ring a telephone number and fax off her personal and banking details before she could claim her £500,000 prize.

Detective Sergeant Jon Cross, said: “Recipients of these letters or any similar correspondence are advised simply to ignore them and never to divulge details of a personal or banking nature.

“The general rule is that if something appears too good to be true then it usually is.”

Anyone else who has received a letter of this nature and is concerned is asked to contact Sgt Cross at Humberside Police on the non emergency number 101.