The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum (JFPF) is warning islanders to be extra vigilant after fraudsters targeted
local households with scam EuroLotto letters.
The official looking letters, which are personally addressed, stamped and signed, claim recipients have won
huge sums of money. To claim their alleged winnings, islanders are being asked to send a copy of their
identification, their address, bank details, and email address.
JFPF Chairman, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Beechey, commented:
“We’re reminding the community that it is not possible to win a prize in a lottery or competition that you
have not entered. This should be the first red flag. Islanders should not send any money or respond with
their personal information to any request through the post or online unless they are 100% sure of its
legitimacy. It is not overly difficult for fraudsters to obtain our name and address details and, whilst this
enables the letter to get to your door, we continue to urge all of the community to be suspicious of
requests for your personal information.”
Ross Angell, Head of Compliance at Jersey Post explained that Jersey Post is required by law to deliver all
addressed mail to islanders. He added:
“It is important that individuals are aware that even though a letter is addressed to them personally, it does
not mean it is genuine. Whilst the vast majority of mail is legal and purposeful, fraudsters will use the postal
system to facilitate scams. We understand the distress any fraudulent correspondence can cause and we
have rigorous measures in place and work closely with relevant agencies to identify and prevent unlawful
material progressing through the postal system.”
Paul Vane from the Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner added:
“We are urging islanders to always think carefully why an organisation needs your personal information.
Respect your own personal information and only give it to those who you are confident will treat it
responsibly; if you are in any doubt ask why they want it and what they will be doing with it. Don’t let
temptation allow you to be parted with one of your personal assets – your information’.
The JFPF urges islanders to contact the States of Jersey Police on 612612 if they think they have fallen
victim to a fraud or scam. Any suspicious mail can be forwarded to the JFPF’s free postal service PO BOX