A local householder has received unsolicited letters from a company in Dublin saying he had won a large amount of money, but to claim the cash prize he had to order goods from their company. He did order goods which were delivered, but the cash prize was never received.
Another resident has received an unsolicited letter from a company in Belgium saying that if they placed an order with the company then they could claim their prize of £8,000. The lady ordered goods which were delivered, but she never received the money as promised.
A local resident has received an email allegedly from a man in West Africa saying the sender wants to transfer money into his bank account as there has been a development at the senders bank. The sender then asks the recipient to reply by email if they want to proceed and asks for bank details. The recipient did not reply to the email.
What to do
The above are all scams. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
Never give out bank details to people you don't know or pay a fee upfront.
You can register free of charge with the Direct Marketing Association to stop unwanted junk mail:
Tel: 0845 703 4599 or http://www.mpsonline.org.uk/mpsr/
For further information, or to report a similar scam, contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506. Information and advice from Consumer Direct can now be found online at www.direct.gov.uk/consumer