If you’ve been told you’ve won something in a raffle, prize draw, or competition, think about whether you actually entered. If you didn’t, you can be sure it’s a scam. Bin it!
If you are asked to pay a fee up-front in order to receive your winnings/prize/etc. it’s a scam. Legitimate organisations will never ask you to do this. Bin it!
Does the letter contain bad spelling or grammar? If so, it’s a scam. Bin it!
There are also certain letter styles that are commonly used in competition or lottery scam mail. If you receive a letter with one or more of these on, and claiming you’ve won a prize draw or lottery you never entered, it’s a scam. Bin it!
- Coats of arms
- Serial numbers
- Reproduced signatures
- Rubber stamps
Have you received the letter or catalogue out of the blue, without ever asking for it or even making contact with the company? If so, it’s probably a scam. Bin it!
Are they asking you for money? Always start from the position that any request for money is suspicious unless proven otherwise. Don’t send any money!
Never give out any personal information.