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Credit union lottery scam warning

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07 Jan 13

ABCUL is warning credit union members not to respond to scam emails informing them they have won prizes in a national credit union lottery which does not exist.

Emails have been sent to some credit union members from www.culottery.co.uk, claiming that they have won prizes in a national credit union lottery.  While many credit union members are able to take part in lotteries run to raise funds for their credit union, there is no national lottery run by or for the credit union sector nationally.  Members replying to the emails are likely to be asked to provide bank details and risk identity fraud and theft if they respond to requests. 

The website is illustrated with pictures of alleged winners of the lottery.  These are actually doctored photos taken from the Connecticut State Lottery website.  A number of credit unions are listed on the site, but none are associated with any such organisation.  The website also has logos of Western Union and the Big Lottery; neither organisation has anything to do with the scheme. 

ABCUL Chief Executive Mark Lyonette said: “It is a sad side effect of the increasing popularity of credit unions in Britain that scammers are targeting credit union members.  I would advise anyone who receives an email saying they have won a prize or requesting any information to contact their credit union and not respond to the email.” 

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