Warning over Olympic scam

Residents are being warned not to respond to a scam letter which claims they’ve won a £525,000 prize in an Olympic lottery draw.

Derbyshire County Council’s trading standards team has received complaints about a speculative letter attempting to gain people’s personal details.

It claims to be from the ‘2012 Summer Olympic Lottery’ and tells the recipient they have won a share of a £105 million prize pot.

The letter asks them to return a form completed with their personal details to unlock the prize.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This is a variation on a common lottery scam theme with criminals seeing the Olympics as an opportunity to con people.

“As always the message is that if something looks too good to be true it probably is.

“No Olympic lottery exists and no prizes are there to be claimed. By filling in their details, recipients are opening themselves up to the possibility of identity fraud and these letters should be thrown straight in the bin.”

The letters, which claim to originate from Spain, have been sent to people across the UK, to places as far afield as Sussex and Merthyr Tyfdil, Wales.

Anyone receiving one of the letters should report it to Citizen’s Advice consumer helpline on 08454 040506.