East Lothian Council is alerting consumers to be on their guard if they receive a Final Award Notification letter addressed from Euromillions FIFA World Cup Super-Lottery.
Letters addressed FIFA House, Zurich, are being sent out by fraudsters claiming that people have won £725,000.
The letter asks the victim to complete a payment processing form, which involves passing on their bank details. They are then asked to send a processing fee to claim the full cash amount. The fraudsters then continue to ask for further fees and some victims have lost thousands or tens of thousands of pounds across the UK to this type of scam.
Recent letters received by consumers who have contacted trading standards show a claims processing address and contact details for
Prime Financial Corporation, Prime House, Kitty Brewsters Retail Park, Bedford Road, Aberdeen AB24 3LJ. Contact telephone numbers are given as 01224 370254, direct line 07503 236925 and fax 02076 917189.
East Lothian Council’s trading standards officers are strongly warning consumers not to respond or send money to this address.
Service manager Tony McAuley said: “Unfortunately, we know that this particular scam has been played out in East Lothian with at least one local resident contacting us and reporting a loss on money from his account. Colleagues elsewhere in Scotland have also been alerted to this scam.”
A contact name is also shown on the Final Award Notification letter as being Donald Simpson, Foreign Service Manager of Prime Financial Corporation.
However, although the above retail park exists at this address, Prime Financial Corporation and Prime House are false.
Members of the public wanting to report a scam can also contact Citizens Advice Consumer Service by phone on 03454 04 05 06. The helplines are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.