People in West Norfolk have been warned to be vigilant following reports of a lottery letter scam targeting residents in the borough.
Police say they have received several reports in recent weeks of residents receiving letters claiming they have won large sums of money on the People’s International Postcode Lottery.
Recipients are advised to keep their information confidential and pay a processing fee to claim their prizes.
But PC Joanne Porter, of Fakenham police, said: “This letter is not genuine and is an attempt to prey on vulnerable people and scam them out of their money.
“We would ask residents to be on the lookout for a letter of this nature and should anyone receive any correspondence that arouses suspicion, we would urge them not to respond to it and to report it to us instead.
“Our mantra when it comes to this type of fraud is that if it looks too good to be true then it probably is.”
Police advise anyone who may have received such a letter to report it to Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and online crime, run by the City of London Police. The centre can be contacted on 0300 1232040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk.