Issued By
Cumbria County Council

HANG UP ON CANADIAN LOTTERY SCAM

Cumbria Trading Standards are warning people to be on the alert for unsolicited telephone calls saying that they have won the Canadian Lottery. The caller tells the “winner” to send money to claim the prize and pay Canadian taxes on the winnings.

This is a con trick. There are no prizes to be won. The scam starts when people respond to mailings or telephone calls telling them they are being entered in a draw. Victims then receive a phone call congratulating them on winning a big prize.

People throughout the country have been telephoned but the elderly are particularly at risk. At least two Cumbrians have fallen for the con and parted with a massive £52,000. It is thought that thousands of consumers throughout the UK have been targeted and lost at least £3 million.

Cumbria County Council’s Community Safety Spokesman, Councillor Jack Richardson said “Put the telephone down if you receive this call. Never send money off to claim a larger prize and never give out your private financial details. And if you don’t want to receive unwanted telephone calls in the future, register with the Telephone Preference Service by ringing 0845 0700707”.

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Notes for Editors:

1. Canada does not have a state backed National Lottery!

2. For more information about this press release contact Pat Thomas (01539) 773591 at Cumbria Trading Standards; or log onto www.oft.gov.uk

3 If anyone has received a telephone call/sent money to people claiming to be associated with the Canadian National Lottery, they should call the Office of Fair Trading Hotline on 020-7211-8111.