We are receiving reports about letters claiming to be from the Health Lottery UK being received by Norfolk residents. The letter states the resident has been awarded a prize of £300,000 in a recent draw.
These letters are a scam and no prize is available. The Health Lottery will never send letters to inform customers that they have won a prize. We are aware that attempts have been made to defraud members of the public by this means. Anyone who receives a letter claiming to be from The Health Lottery and stating that they are a Health Lottery winner, should not attempt to contact the phone number or use any of the contact details supplied in the letter.
If you receive this type of letter dispose of it correctly without responding in any way.
Here are some simple steps you can take to avoid lottery scams:
- If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it. Never respond to unexpected communications.
- Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto. No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.
- We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to scam you.
- Never disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance to claim a lottery win
- If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of
- Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a scam.
Many examples of lottery scam letters have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work