‘You’ve won £825k, but pay up first!’

Len Woods, 82, was sent a fake letter claiming he had won the lottery

Len Woods, 82, was sent a fake letter claiming he had won the lottery

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A pensioner says he narrowly avoided being swindled out of thousands of pounds after seeing through a scam.

Len Woods, 82, received a letter from an organisation purporting to be the “People’s Postcode Lottery” telling him he had won a total of £825,000 - despite never having knowingly entered a competition with them.

The cautious pensioner said his suspicions were aroused further when he read he had to fork out a £4,000 ‘processing payment’ in oder to unlock the cash prize.

Mr Woods, of Highfield Road, South Shore, reported the scam to Blackpool Council’s trading standards scheme and is now urging others not to be taken in by such scams.

He said: “I’ve never heard of them.

“I’ve heard of the Postcode Lottery but not the People’s Postcode Lottery so how is it possible for me to have entered the competition?”

“Some people may not be aware they’re being scammed - more should be done to protect people.

“I think people need to look out for things like this, there is just so much out there these days to watch out for.

“If it was real, why can’t they just take the £4,000 out of my winnings? It doesn’t make sense and people should be warned.” Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for public protection, said: “These types of scams can catch out vulnerable residents, lose people thousands of pounds and cause misery to many.

“So I’m glad that Mr Woods has called our trading standards phone line for advice and we’ve been able to help him avoid becoming a victim.

“The general rule in these cases is that if something appears too good to be true then it probably is. If anybody suspects that they are being scammed, then they should call us on 478375 for advice.”