A former Leighton Buzzard policeman is warning fellow residents not to fall for a scam lottery letter.
Allan Clelland, who was stationed at Leighton Buzzard Police Station from December 1975 until 1992, received a letter purporting to be from the International Fifa World Cup Online Lottery.
The letter, signed by vice president Rose Murray, said Allan had just been approved a £900,000 payout after he was selected through a computer ballot drawn from more than 3 million people worldwide.
It stated: “This information must be kept away from the public to avoid unwarranted abuse of the program or fraudulent acts from criminal minded and unauthorised person(s).”
Allan said: “I wanted to warn other people not to fall for this.”
Previously, a woman in Southampton received a similar letter which claimed she had won £800,000.
The woman had never entered any lottery – but was told she had automatically been entered because she shopped at well known high street supermarkets.
But over the course of a couple of weeks, after handing over her bank account details where her winnings could be placed, she was plagued with phone calls and ended up handing over £47,320 before finally realising she had been scammed.
Initially handed over £320 as a processing fee.
Was then told she’d actually won almost double - £1.5m.
Parted with £1,000 because the admin fees to transfer her money had gone up.
On the same day paid a further £2,000 because of “problems”.
Received a laminated certificate in the post declaring her a winner.
Twice handed over lump sums of £1,640 to help retrieve her winnings.
Paid a further £3,500 for “clearing” and then another £3,900 after a phone call asking her for more.
Then paid in £13,500 after being told there was problems transferring money from abroad.
Was told the money would be in her account the following day but was asked for a final payment of £10,000 which she made.
Was asked to pay a “release fee” of £9,820 to access her winnings.