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Derbyshire Police Cautions Residents about Fake Sweepstake E-mails

Detectives of East Midlands of England's Derbyshire County have issued a security alert for local residents about sweepstake prize draw fraudulent electronic mails, reported retfordtoday.co.uk dated September 5, 2014.

Fraudsters, by distributing the scam e-mails, are picking victims by informing recipients they're winners of an enormous sum of money within a lottery draw conducted overseas else online. But, in fact, such prize money is non-existent.

In the words of Julie Wheeldon Detective Constable at the Fraud and Financial Investigation Center of East Midland, people becoming victims of lottery frauds can easily lose huge sums of cash given away to the scammers apparently for claiming so-called wins. Retfordtoday.co.uk reported this.

Victims receive instructions that they mustn't reveal their winnings but keep them secret while get in touch with the fraudster, who asserts he's a representative of the lottery company.

This guise is successively used for the scammers to acquire the victims' official documents like a passport copy that helps in identity theft, or banking details and other personal information.

The scammers subsequently direct the victims to submit different kinds of payments such as taxes, banking fees or legal expenses in order that the supposed prize-money may get released.

And whenever a victim pays certain amount he's given more excuses due to which the prize can't be delivered till the time he makes more payment.

However, according to Wheeldon, there are easy ways by which users can remain safe from such scams. Burtonmail.co.uk published this, September 4, 2014.

Wheeldon says authorized lotteries won't ever get in touch with the winners for informing them that they've won therefore, anyone who hasn't participated in a lottery could not really have been its winner. Moreover, authentic lotteries typically publicize their schemes; therefore, asking for keeping a huge win confidential most possibly suggests it's a fraud.

Wheeldon further advises users not to give away payments in advance or reveal bank details. But, incase one believes the details have gotten seized he should talk to his bank immediately. Moreover, one should treat an e-mail with suspicion if it contains poor spelling or grammatical errors since those usually mean a trap by fraudsters.

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