Early last week, Michael Alder recei ved a letter in the post, stating that he had won USD $915,000.00 as part of the results of the ‘Hispanic Lottery Euro Million Promotions Programs’ yearly bonanza.
According to the letter, Michael was selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 36,040 names from all around the world. It goes on to ask the participant to keep the letter from public notice until data clarification and verification has been processed by an authorised agent for the Spanish Government.
Michael says he knew it was a scam, “I have received something similar before, but of course I read it with interest.”
He is concerned for others who may not be aware that it is a scam and those who, unwittingly, have given out personal information in the belief that they have won the lottery.
“It is made enticing for people,” says Michael, “and everyone’s information is available online or through the electoral roll and phone books. Its not hard for them to get peoples details.”
If you have think you have been scammed, act quickly. If you have handed over your bank account details, contact your bank and suspend your account immediately. Contact Netsafe at www.theorb.org.nz/ or call 0508 NETSAFE (638723). Their contact centre is open from 8am till 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am till 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

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