Red Alert: People’s Postcode Lottery Scam! Stay Away of Anything That Seems 2 Good To Be True

People’s Postcode Lottery Scam

WARNING: Lotto Exposed Visitors Targeted in Postcode Lottery Scam

In 2012, we did a review of the People’s Postcode Lottery which is available for residents in the UK. In the years since, we have gotten a lot of feedback from you, our readers stating there are mixed experiences. Then received a notice from a reader that they received a notice stating they won £825,000 and asked if it was a scam. Intrigued, we decided to look into it and, sad to say, yes. Although the actual People’s Postcode Lottery isn’t a scam, the latest scam that is sweeping through the UK is using the PPL’s name.

Beginnings on the Internet

The first instance the People’s Postcode Lottery was used as a scam was way back in 2009 when they would contact their victims via their email accounts. The typical email looked something like this:
People’s Postcode Lottery Scam
Now they have moved to send people physical letters in the mail.

What Is The Scam?

Police have sent notifications to residents across the UK, warning them of a postal scam that has been pretending to be the People’s Postcode Lottery. These scammers are telling the resident’s that they have won £825,000. The notice asks the recipient to call a claims line, fill out a form and send it back in order to collect the prize.

Police in Essex have said that several people have reported the scam and many others have realized it was a scam and discarded the letter; however, they fear there may be some vulnerable individuals who may play into the ruse and submit their information.

Something’s Not Right

Douglas Hendry, a 75-year old pensioner from Montrose, was one such recipient of the scam letter. When he received the letter in the mail, he read it and noticed a few things were off which threw up some red flags.

Firstly, the letter asks for a small fee in order to release the winnings. Then, Hendry noticed that there was something amiss at the bottom of the letter.
He noticed that the footer at the bottom of the letter was too high up and there was no telephone number to coincide with the London Bridge Street address—the location where he was to send the money.”

His partner, Margaret Chaffer, had said that had they not been careful, they could have thought it was a legitimate letter. The couple had friends in Spain, which is where the letter originated from.

Another couple in Essex has reported on the same scam. Although their letter, it was clear that it was a scam due to the noticeably poor English and lists their supporters as the FIFA World Cup and Commonwealth Games.

Precautions

As long as there are greedy and dishonest people in the world, there will always be scams circulating. We urge you to protect yourselves and use your best judgment before responding to anything that seems too good to be true.

If ever you’re in doubt, contact the local authorities just to be certain.

  1. Amazing! How I have won £385000, on post code Lottery, considering I have never subscribed to it, and that I should contact Mr James Taylor, Head office 8 Canada Square, Canary Warf etc.
    Same spelling mistake (program instead of programme).
    How sad that they try to con vulnerable people like this! Disgusting people.
    Sponging on the elderly and the vulnerable!

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  2. Just received a letter from People’s Postcode Lottery letting me know I have just won £385.000.00. Have to contact Mr James Tayor before 30th October 2020. Head office 8 Canada Square, Canary Whaft, London.
    It was exciting at first then the penny dropped thanks to all your comments.

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  3. How amazing, never bought a ticket and I’ve won £385,000 too! All I have to do is contact James Taylor on 0207 060 2386 or 0795 014 9407. I don’t think I’ll bother. Ian Smith.

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  4. My wife just received a letter, same details as previously posted on these pages People’s Post Code Lottery, poor quality print, etc. says she won £385k, dated 28 August 2020 – just how long will the authorities allow this scam to continue?

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  5. Also received this “lottery win”! letter, saying claim from Moore Financial co. who are a legit company, shame for them that their business is being flouted by these despicable people who are hoping to get someone with learning difficulties or others who are vulnerable?

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  6. I have also today received a scam letter regarding the POST CODE LOTTERY saying that I have won some thousands of pounds.
    DA B Heathfield

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  7. Just received letter, £375,000
    Head office
    216 Bishopsgate
    Liverpool Street
    London
    EC2M 4QB
    From Dr David Mark
    Phone 0207 060 2590 Coral & Reed financial services
    Or direct No 0749 807 4866

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  8. I just received the same letter saying I have WON £385,000 what a scam.

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  9. My 89 year old mum has also received this letter on 15th December 2019 in Herne Bay. Also to contact Mr James Taylor on 0794 609 7690. Luckily she kept it to show me as she thought it strange, as she has never played any of the Lotteries. No one gives you something for nothing.
    I think the people that do this are total scum, praying on elderly and vulnerable people. I know what I would like to do with them.
    Lynn, Kent

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  10. I too knew it was a scam because I have never done the post code lottery BUT now at 86 years old, I have had quite a few idiots trying to get at my bank details so I just tell them that I have been declared as bankrupt and to send me a cheque in my Daughter’s name and for some reason they all just hang up.

    Norman Partridge

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  11. I’m 71 years old, and I received a “People’s Postcode Lottery” Letter today saying that my name had been approved to claim a total sum of £383,000. “Whoopee says I” NOT.
    I knew the letter was a scam straight away for 3 reasons.
    1. I’ve never participated in any form of gambling, which includes lotteries.
    2. My eldest son happens to work in the building that the, “supposed” head office of the PPL, which the letter states is at 8 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5HQ.
    3. Aged 71, I’m a retired Fraud Squad Officer.

    I’m passing the letter on to my former employers, so that they can, hopefully, benefit from my “winnings”

    Len, Brentwood, Essex

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  12. Mum (90) in Hove received almost exactly the same letter as Margaret Armellino and Margaret Friday and Martin H Raybould. However there were subtle differences, being MR E. CLARKE and a different direct number 0794-609-7439. BEWARE!

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  13. Like all these other people reporting this SCAM I have today received a letter saying I had won £385,000. Please do not get caught by this, it is an out and out SCAM. Derek Bridgeland Selsdon in Surrey

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  14. Got a letter today informing me to contact this Mr James Taylor who seems to have changed his telephone numbers since HSJF’s parents got their letter. Lots of flags in the letter indicating that it is a scam – bad grammar, poor use of capital letters, wrong names of organisations. Research on the People’s Postcode Lottery website shows that the head office stated on the letter is neither the registered office nor trading address of the lottery and that prizes are much smaller than the one I was supposed to have won. Ultimate Finance Plc, a “Government-licensed Lottery Service Agency” doesn’t appear to exist. (Although an unrelated company with a similar name and entirely different activities does).
    At the end of the day, how could you win if you haven’t bought a ticket in the first place!
    Tony

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  15. This is a letter with all details as some of replica as above. Addressed to Margaret Armellino as Winning Notification of £385,000 out of £45m pounds with all references. The letter was signed by Mr e.clarke for President. The letter has Mr James Taylor as claim Manager to contact on 0203 000 7660 with Head Office at 8 Canary Square, E14 5HQ but posted in Greenford main Centre on 28/09/2019 to prove that it is a scam for any observant person. If care is not taken, one can easily fall victim to their trap. Be careful everyone.

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  16. Today 23rd September 2019, I received a People’s Lottery Postcode scam – I have never paid a penny to any postcode lottery fund so there is no way I can be a winner! My information was to call a Mr James Taylor – but I decided to go on-line to look for Ultimate Finance plc which appeared as a scam company. My letter seems to be the same as others received in 2019. Please don’t fall for this one.
    I am Margaret Friday and live in Ealing, London.

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    • yes, I received the same letter which arrived yesterday on 30 September. Exactly the same scenario. IT’S A SCAM…

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  17. My husband has just received a letter saying he had won 900,000 on the international postcode online lottery I had a feeling it was a scam so I googled it and there it was scam alert I hope people do not respond to these letters but some do hope they can catch whoever is doing this before more people fall for it

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  18. I have just received exactly the same letter ostensibly winning £385k and being requested to contact James Taylor of Ultimate Finance plc on either 0203 000 7660 or 0790 8749031.
    How lucky am I, not having ever paid anything to the People’s Postcode Lottery……
    Again, no address for the company. Martin Raybould.

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  19. My elderly parents received a similar scam letter dated 14/6/19 saying that they had won £385,000 and to contact a Mr James Taylor on 0207-442-5584(line disconnected) or direct number 0794 617 2032 (never answered) and who has a mobile as a direct line? Programme spelt in the American way and then in the British way. Also money will be returned to the UK Board of Internal Revenue if you don’t claim it by 25/7/19 ???? Such an evil and unpleasant scam.

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  20. I had a letter today saying that I won £385000 and for me to contact James Taylor tel no: 02074425584 or 07946172032 to claim the prize before 30 July 2019. After this date, any unclaimed funds will be returned to HMRC as unclaimed.
    I am handing this letter to my local Police. Hope they do catch these scammers.
    Jayasuriya

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  21. Be aware of a letter sent to my 92 year old sister in law saying she had won 900,000 from the International Postcode Online Lottery. This is obviously a scam and if she had not told me about it she would have phoned them. Disgraceful business

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  22. Alarm bells rang when I received a letter informing me I have won 385k. I don’t do a lottery of any kind, I don’t believe in them. However, the real giveaway was at bottom of the letter:- UK registered company it quoted, ok where’s the company number as given by Company’s House, which anybody can confirm! Be warned, every company, every charity will quote their registered number and it’s printed on all correspondence.

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  23. I received a letter today saying I had won £325,000 & to ring David Wilkinson at Moore Financial Group. Well, I wouldn’t mind winning that money but I guessed it was a scam. The most I have ever won on this lottery was £10! The address given was 4, London Wall Buildings. I have sent an email to PPL to inform them.

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    • We too had the same letter. I contacted the authentic post code lottery and they put me on to action fraud.

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  24. I’ve just received a letter in the post today 11 Feb 2019 saying I’ve won £385,000 for the people’s postcode lottery. I have never knowingly bought a ticket for this lottery and didn’t even know it existed!! Apparently, I need to urgently call Mr. James Taylor on 0203 318 20145 to process my claim. These scammers must sadly be successful to some degree in order to justify physically posting letters out randomly on this scale and I really hope the authorities are able to somehow track them down and put a stop to this.

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  25. My dad has received the same letter 08/02/19 he is elderly fortunately he is wise to scammers. Name on letter to contact Mrs Mary Thomason on 020 331 88466.

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  26. My dad received a letter in post way up in Scotland remote area, he thought it was genuine but remembered me telling him about scams so sent me the letter, it states he won £915,950.00 and to phone London 02033188466 a Mr Michael Thomason to, process the claim yeah right!!! To take all his bank details etc to, pay a fee to send his winnings!!!! NOT A CHANCE! It also, says to keep away from public not to say anything to anyone!!! Asking for a reference number but there is NO REFERENCE number!!!!! There are 2 addresses in London, one is 2 Churchill Place, London, ENG, E14 5HP the other is West MARYLEBONE House, Manchester Square, W4U3AB BEWARE people it’s a scam my dad is 89 partially blind he could have fallen into this trap but luckily he remembered my warnings so please notify your elderly parents or grand parents!

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  27. similarly – dated 18/01/2019 ad addressed to me at a ‘London Middlesex’ address, the offer was for £385,000 sterling as a prize for a lottery to which I had not entered!

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    • I also received a letter at my Sidcup address saying that I had won £375,000 suggesting I contact Dr Eric Moore to claim my prize. After researching the letter on the internet and passed it on to the local police who redistributed it to warn local residents. Beware of such scams which are too good to be true!

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  28. just joined the club got my letter yesterday saying won 358.000 pounds with the address of a bank in Canada walk

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  29. George- Essex.
    Received letter today – 22nd October 2018 advising lottery win of £385,000. I do not subscribe to PPL. Contacted Mr. James Taylor to make enquiries. Then contacted my Bank and informed them of this letter and the Bank’s Security Service is now aware. Revealed our postcode to Mr Taylor only.The letter is now with Essex Police.

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    • My husband has received the same letter today (24th October) too.

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  30. The scam from Ultimate Finance plc continues. Letter dated 28/9/2018 on poor quality PEOPLE’S POSTCODE LOTTERY headed paper telling me I had won £385,000 out of a total cash prize of £45 million even though I am not part of PPCLottery. Asked me to contact Mr James Taylor the Foreign Services manager of ULTIMATE FINANCE PLC. PRIME FINANCE PLC also quoted in the footer. As they say if it looks like a duck (scam), sounds like a duck (scam), walks like a duck (scam) then it’s probably a SCAM!!!

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  31. I have just received an email from the Post Code Lottery. Saying I have won £1000 and would I send a copy of my passport back and front and a copy of my driving licence with this held against me and this as well,
    I have just gone back to the email to copy and paste for this for the site and it has disappeared.
    I hope this was of some help

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    • Hi, I’ve just received one today stating exactly the same. I know it’s a scam as when you click on recipient address its come from a college address??

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  32. Letter from peoples postcode lottery arrive today saying contact a Mr. David Taylor to claim a £385000 prize that I had won in their draw phone 02033185656 0r direct 07949387229 before 20TH August to claim. The address at the top of the letter for their head office 499-517 Oxford street is it turns out to be a primary shop. The letter looks good and many would be fooled by it but ringing peoples postcode lottery 08081098765 will soon put you right. Mine letters now off to Essex police.

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    • I have today received same letter and I have put it where it belongs in the trash

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  33. Got a letter today from the international FIFA world cup online lottery program. Guess what I’ve won £825,000.00, LM so lucky! All I have to do is ring Mr Michael Faraday, give him my details and he’ll pay it straight into my bank or send me a cheque! Please don’t do it, it’s a SCAM.

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  34. Received letter today saying contact Mr David Taylor at Ultimate Finance PLC to collect 385,000 pounds.
    Thrown in bin. Please do not get involved with these scammers.

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  35. I received letter today saying I had won £325,000. Waiting to hear back, but reckon it’s a scam. From Susan Blair, President, 4 London Wall Buildings as above. Guy on phone sounded pretty dodgy. Don’t think I even entered. Will give to police.

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  36. Received letter saying I had won £325,000 knew it was a scam as soon as they asked for an admin fee to release the money.

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  37. My wife, who has Alzheimer’s, received her letter today and was elated. After checking online for further information, my own suspicions that this was a scam have been confirmed. Letter advised £325000 win and was signed by so called Baron Wheels purportedly from 4 London Wall Buildings EC2M 5NT. Passing letter to Trading Standards and Police.

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  38. Mine came today £424,000 sterling contact Philip Van Buren of Belgravia Financial Services, 4 London Wall Buildings EC2M5NT

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  39. Recvied scam letter today saying won £825.000, please don’t fall for scam as I am sure saw many have you don’t win anything you not entered.

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    • Received the latest scam letter today from Peoples Postcode Lottery giving me the news I had win £385,000 through a random selection. They are obviously gathering genuine Postcode Lottery addresses and sending out this fraudulent message. I have not entered the lottery for a few years so knew it was not right besides which if something does not look right its generally not. Never had the good fortune to win any substantial lottery money but I would assume contact would be made by phone.
      Beware the scammers…always check.
      Ray Morgan
      Not £385,000 richer!!

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  40. hi had one today from a mr michale faraday tel ; 0330 8084472 Marylebone house London w1u 3ab saying I had won £825;000.oo how do the get away with for so long why has no one got to them yet and what are the cops doing about it just beggars belief that all I can see

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  41. Hi, I have just received a letter from Peoples Postcode Lottery telling me I have won £385.000.000. Contact is Mr Stephen Parker Ultimate Finance Plc on 02030007698 or 07376713480. I am a 75 year old pensioner. These people should be stopped.

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  42. Got one today from Susan Blair advising to make claim through MOORE FINANCIAL Group, 4 London Wall Buildings, London. Such a cruel scam, to raise peoples hopes, then fleece them. Bin the b*******d

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  43. My granny received one of these, from health lottery uk. Same as above, you’ve won £300,000, contact Dr Bradley Collins, foreign service manager of Blackhorse financial group, tel: 0207-060-7043, direct no. 07471105157. Printed by an inkjet printer. Pay the processing fee and heh presto you’ve been scammed! Managed to get hold of it before she responded!

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  44. Just received a letter from the ‘health lottery U.K.’ Claiming I have won £300,000. I know this is a scam, other people have had the same letters. Be careful. I only realised it was a scam when I noticed all the spelling and grammar mistakes within the letter.

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  45. Hello All.
    Got a letter today, 20-02-17, claiming I’d won £300.000.00 on the Health lottery.
    All the details of sender are the same as all others.
    Same address, same tel. no. same Dr.
    Definite scam.
    I won’t respond.
    These people are the scum of the earth, preying on the vulnerable.
    They are thieves and robbers.
    If you get a letter bin it, don’t respond.
    It will be from the health lottery, Zenith house, 216, Bishopsgate. liverpool st. EC2M 4QB.
    0207-060-7043.
    Dr. Bradley Collins.

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  46. I received a letter yesterday that I won £300,000.00 from Health Lottery UK. It should be claimed before 28 Feb 2017. It says I have to contact Nigel Van Duke on 0207 060 6872 mobile 07587 7122234. Signed by DR D DUKE. I don’t believe it’s true so I won’t ring them. I think it’s a scam.

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    • Got mine today, this time a Dr. Bradley Collins

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  47. Please Watch Out – Health Lottery UK

    Claimed that I had won £300,000.00p and to contact: Dr Bradley Collins on Telephone number: 0207 060 7043 or Direct number: 07471105157.

    Reading the reviews on here & also on other websites, please do not call the number. The paperwork received was clearly printed from an inkjet printer.

    Further details are: Head Office – Zenith House, 216 Bishopsgate, Liverpool Str. EC2M 4QB
    Signed by: Dr D Dickson
    Blackhorse Financial Group

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  48. Received letter in plain envelope alleging I had won £300,000 from Health Lottery UK

    Contact BLACKHORSE FINANCIAL GROUP on telephone and mobile

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    • Received mine from Dr. Bradley Collins, just as ‘John Mackie’ did a week ago. It appears to be identical to his.

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  49. My daughter has now received 3 of these scam letters via my address, even though she has not lived here for 3 years. Neither of us has ever signed up for any lottery. Even before you open it there is something off about it as there is no return address or any kind of printing on the envelope, also their choice of text is not very professional.

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  50. Received scam letter from People’s Postcode Lottery, 4 London Wall Buildings. Obviously a scam as we do not subscribe to the lottery, but as per previous comments the letter to the innocent eye could appear to be genuine. Is anyone doing anything about this?

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  51. Got the same thing today from BARON WHEELS the so called president of the Peoples Post Code Lottery acting on behalf of Black Horse Finance.
    Suspected a scam from the fact that it was saying my winnings of £425,000 would be released after contacting ANTHONY MENDEE.
    Too good to be true!!

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  52. I’ve just won £325k says Baron Wheels with address 4 London Wall Buildings EC2M 5NT.
    As I’m a generous person, I shall offer all my winnings to the local PSNI station.

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  53. Received a letter yesterday from Michael Jones saying I have won £825.000.00 have to phone 02033 184 708 pay a fee then money is mine as I. Just hope no one others so called winners do not believe it.

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  54. It looks like I too have “won” £425,000 from the Peoples Postcode Lottery, even though I’ve never played!

    As with previous comments, they are based at 4 London Wall Buildings, London. An Anthony Mendez from Blackhorse Financial is the contact to pay my ‘processing fee’.

    The grammatical errors, poor English and missing data on the regulators are all there as giveaways of this scam.

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  55. Just received a letter from Peoples postcode lottery at 4 London wall Buildings asking for processing fee to release £425,000 to contact Anthony Mendez on 0203-695-5155. This was sent to my father who died 18 months ago, disgusting people please don’t fall for this scam.

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    • I have just received a letter, it’s obviously a scam but vulnerable people could call the numbers quoted. Using 4 London Wall address, £325,000 to contact Bradley Collins on 0207 060 7043 or mobile 0755 294 5362. A grammatical error alerted me (and also the fact I am not in the Postcode Lottery) but it is quite a good letter. Asks for a processing fee.

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  56. Received a letter from PPL European Postcode Millions, informing me that I had won £32,ooo, this morning. It looked genuine, but I was suspicious because it had the winning ticket numbers displayed. I have never entered this lottery. I rang them, a Mr.George Abbot who had a “lovely” Indian accent and he told me that they would be in touch. So I rang my local Police and they told me it was a scam and to report it to Action Fraud, but unfortunately I was on the phone for 20 minutes waiting to be connected, so I hung up. I rang “George” back and as soon as I mentioned the Police, he hung up on me. I must admit I was nearly convinced by the letter. Happily, I disclosed nothing about myself or my financial affairs. At the bottom of the letter they ask for a 5% commission fee.

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    • Received similar letter to Ernie Walker today claiming I have won £385,000 from unclaimed Peoples Postcode Lottery winnings and awarded in the 3rd category.
      To claim, contact Mr John Baker, Foreign Service Manager of Ultimate Finance PLC, tel. 0207-060-1819 or direct no. 0794-959-3645.
      They require 5% of winning as commission.
      Letter sent by Mr E Clarke on behalf of President.
      PS. If winnings are not claimed by 30 April 2017, the entire funds will be returned to the UK Board of Internal Revenue.

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  57. I’ve been invited to contact Michael Jones of Postcode Lotto and claim my £825,000 winnings subject to the usual processing fees, which are not specified.
    Their head office is in Spain and they enter 50000 names from lotteries worldwide. Their London office is at Marylebone House, Manchester Square W1U 3AB. A call to their phone number is received by an answering machine. I couldn’t be bothered to leave a message as I don’t believe Mr Jones will speak to me, as I will not pay any fees until I receive my money first!!!

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    • I have received self same letter, contact Michael Jones for further advice. Guessed it was a scam, glad I decided to look it up first.

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  58. Yep, I just got one, same address, different phone number 0203 514 2674..can’t something be done about thes scam???

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    • OMG, really? The only thing I can think of is to report them to a local authorities, digg some info about who they are and report! And for the start mark the email address as spam.
      Why don’t open this topic on forum? It woul be very helpful to other players or just random people.

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  59. Received a letter through the Post on Monday 28/9/15 claiming that I had one. Scam all the way. Informed my local Trading Standards in Swansea.

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  60. We’ve just received this letter again and it looks like the scammer’s address has changed to:

    4 London Wall Buildings,
    London, EC2M 5NT
    United Kingdom

    Send NOTHING to that address!

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    • Ditto, signed by the President no less, a Baron Wheels, who represents Blackhorse Financial Group, though my letter only mentions a prize of Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand Pounds Sterling!

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  61. Just received a letter from PPL. £825.000.00 is waiting to be claimed after the payment of a processing fee has been received Anthony Stan is the man to contact on 0203 514 1215.
    Adress: 4 London Wall Buildings London EC2M 5NT and the letter is signed by BARON WHEELS. Definate scam and should be somewhere to report these letters can anyone help?

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  62. Received a unsolicited letter from PPCL asking for a processing fee for a winning.
    address 32 London Bridge SE1 Tel 02033180493.
    Seems a scam

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    • Got one this morning the same, surely they could be traced as the letter was franked with a franking machine and there was a number on of 4UE9 C998 for 63p – reported the number on the royal mail complaints form but on submitting it fell over so not sure if they got my mail. Wonder if they are targeting a certain age group as I’m well over 60 but I’m scam aware, some arnt.

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