Guernsey Trading Standards warn over lottery phone scam

Trading Standards and police in Guernsey have issued a warning about cold calls telling people they have won a £120,000 prize.

Those targeted are told due to tax payable on the prize they can pay £4,200 to Trading Standards or £1,325 to a lawyer to release the money.

A Trading Standards spokesman said it is impossible to win on any lottery unless you have entered it.

He said in a legitimate lottery there was no need to pay to release winnings.

The spokesman said: "The very idea that Trading Standards would somehow be involved in a lottery is ludicrous and without foundation.

"Clearly the perpetrators of this con trick think people could be persuaded to pick the lawyer option to pay the 'release fee' as it is much cheaper.

"Of course, in reality, well over £1,000 of your money will go straight into the con man's pocket and you are left with nothing."

He advised anyone who has concerns about any offers received by post, phone or email to talk to friends, family or Trading Standards.

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