World Cup scammers target Grantham woman, 77
A Grantham woman in her seventies has been targeted by World Cup lottery scammers.
The woman, who is aged 77, does not want to be identified but says she wants other to be aware of the scam after she was told she had won £915,950.
On Monday, she received a letter from an organisation which said it represented the International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery.
The official-looking letter said that she had won the money in its online lottery program and a ticket belonging to her was drawn with the lucky numbers. It said the ticket was selected through a postcode computer ballot system drawn from more than three million individuals worldwide.
The letter tells the Grantham recipient to call a London number 'for the process and remittance of your winnings'. She is told that she will receive her winnings in the form of a certified cheque or by bank transfer to be wired directly into her bank account.
The woman told the Journal: "I have never entered anything like this. I don't even have a computer. I read it through and thought how can I have even won anything if I have not entered anything. I don't even do the Lottery."
She added: "I just wanted to warn others. I would hate to think other people are receiving this as well."
The letter says the lottery program was designed and promoted by European Lottery, Loteria, El Gordo and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and America to promote the 2022 Qatar World Cup and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It goes on to say: "This is the biggest ever played in the world which is aimed at changing the lives of millions of people."
Stories of similar letters being received from the same scammers can be found on the internet going back several years. Trading Standards say that people who call the number in the letter are asked to make an up-front payment to enable them to enter the tender process for a prize that does not exist.