Sunday 20 August 2017

Warning issued over new Euromillions Lotto scam

Rebecca Lumley

The National Lottery has advised customers to be “extremely vigilant”, following a spate of scams offering free plays in the EuroMillions.

Several people have been contacted by a Dublin number in recent weeks and offered the chance to play the game for free.

This week more people have been contacted by a UK number offering the same deal.

The National Lottery have warned against engaging with such calls and said it is not yet clear whether the calls are being made by the same people.

A Lottery spokesperson said yesterday: “We have become aware through social media and other channels about such calls which appear to have escalated in the last few days as the EuroMillions jackpot hits €50 million.

“Last month we were contacted through our call centre by members of the public saying they received calls from the National Lottery giving them good news that they had won a free play on the Euro Millions.

“Those contacted were told to press a particular digit on their phone to avail of a free draw. None of those who contacted our call centre did. They sensed that something wasn’t right. So we don’t actually know what happens if you press the number.

“We highly recommend that if a member of the public is contacted by this number to be extremely vigilant.”

Lotto HQ said they did not know whether the spate of calls were linked, but confirmed that calls like this were “nothing to do with the National Lottery”.

This comes two months after the National Lottery issued a warning about a fake email in circulation, which attempted to mimic a ticket confirmation message and asked recipients to download recently played tickets.

When opened, the link downloaded a zip folder which contained harmful files that could damage the computer.

At the time, the National Lottery warned against emails from the address no-reply@lottery.ie.

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