She knew it was a scam, but decided to call the crooks to see what their response would be. The man she spoke to said that a cheque would be sent out, after which she received a letter asking her to pay a clearance charge of 1%. Maureen called the group again to say she was not happy about disclosing her details and eventually she had the last laugh as she gave them an eight-digit bank account number which only contained zeros.
Maureen told The Courier: “I know never to give out details over the phone, but they still kept persisting. I even suggested that they give me the money first and then I’d send them the 1%. He got confused with that and said he’d call me back. Eventually he rang again and said that wasn’t possible. I asked about all these different things - the last was a bank account with just zeros in it. Eventually he just hung up on me.”
Maureen is worried that others might just hand over the 1% if they have it, and a police spokesman added that ‘people should be extremely cautious about providing personal and financial calls over the phone, particularly in instances where they have been cold called’. You can find out more information about how to identify lottery scams, what to do if you have received a scam and a few past examples in the EuroMillions Lottery Scams page.
It is important to remember that it is not possible to win a EuroMillions prize if you have not entered the game. You can get hold of a ticket online or from any authorised retailer in one of the countries taking part, and once you have entered you are in with a chance of winning big. You have to match five main numbers plus both Lucky Stars to land the jackpot, which was last achieved by a player from Portugal in the Mega Friday draw on 26th June. Visit the Results section for a full breakdown of recent draws.
There have been two rollovers since the top prize was last snapped up and the jackpot stands at £22 million (€31 million) ahead of tonight’s draw. You could be lucky enough to land a life-changing amount of cash if you have a ticket and your numbers match up with the balls drawn. Check back on Euro-Millions.com after the draw to discover the results and see if you have won. Good luck!