Gardai issue warning on email lottery scam
Published 16/11/2010 | 05:00
GARDAI have warned householders to be wary of Irish-language email messages that claim the recipient has won a major cash prize in a lottery competition.
The scam revolves around a competition called the 'R-Phost Sweepstakes.'
The email -- which is received unsolicited -- informs the recipient they have won a major cash prize but, to claim the money, the individual must provide a contact address and bank details.
If the individual responds to the email, they are then asked to forward a small sum of money for 'processing' their prize. If that money is paid, further cash is demanded.
Gardai warned that the emails appeared to be simply an Irish-language version of the notorious Spanish and Italian lottery scams.
Last month, gardai and Interpol launched an investigation into a scam whereby an emotionally vulnerable Cork woman was conned out of €100,0000.