Email scam steals identity of Europe’s biggest lottery winners

Email scam steals identity of Europe's biggest lottery winnersEmail scam steals identity of Europe's biggest lottery winners

GLASGOW – An article on the Daily Record website (a Scottish daily newspaper) has highlighed an email scam in which the identity of Colin and Chris Weir, the recent winners of a £161million EuroMillions jackpot, has been used to trick people into handing over their personal details in return for part of their fortune.

The email reads: “My name is Colin Weir from Scotland. I and my wife won the £161,653,000 Euromillions jackpot and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of £5m to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lot of five lucky individuals all over the world.

If you have received this email today then you are one of the lucky recipients and all you have to do is get back to us so that we can send your details to the payout bank.”

United Kingdom lottery operator Camelot has raised its concerns about the email scam. A spokesperson for Camelot said, ”

This is clearly a scam and emails like this should be put straight into the bin. These emails should be treated with extreme caution and if anyone has concerns, they should contact the police.

We take things like this extremely seriously – especially when scammers are using our name or the name of lottery winners.

A lot of these scams originate overseas and it can sadly be very difficult to trace those behind it.”

The Weir’s, who bravely decided to reveal their identities after winning the biggest jackpot ever in Europe, were unable to comment on the scam.

source: Daily Record

Published: August 8, 2011

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