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Olympic Scam in Pocklington

Humberside police

12:01am 9th August 2012

Humberside Police are investigating an apparent scam involving letters being sent to members of the public claiming they are winners in a special Olympic Games Lottery.

The inquiry has commenced following a report by an East Yorkshire woman who received a letter in the post stating she had won a large sum of money and requesting personal information including bank details.

The letter, received this week through the post by a Pocklington woman, stated it was from London 2012 Olympic Games Lottery and gave an address in Law Street, London.

The letter, which was addressed personally to the woman, suggested she had won £500,000 through the lottery and in order to make her claim she was required to ring a telephone number and fax certain details including personal and banking information, to another number in order that the claim could be processed.

The woman was concerned the letter was not authentic and reported the matter to police.

Detective Sergeant Jon Cross, said:

"Recipients of these letters or any similar correspondence are advised simply to ignore them and never to divulge details of a personal or banking nature. The general rule is that if something appears too good to be true then it usually is."

Anyone else who has received a letter of this nature and is concerned is asked to contact Sgt Cross at Humberside Police on the non emergency number 101.

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