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Online fraudsters pose as Wisbech lottery winners Dave and Angela Dawes

08:39 26 October 2011

Online fraudsters have been posing as lottery winners Dave and Angela Dawes, to trick people into revealing their bank details.

Online fraudsters have been posing as lottery winners Dave and Angela Dawes, to trick people into revealing their bank details.

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Fraudsters are posing as Wisbech lottery winners Dave and Angela Dawes in an internet scam.

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"If something looks too good to be true, it probably is."

Cambridgeshire Police

The couple pledged to make 20 friends and family members instant millionaires, when they scooped £101m on EuroMillions two weeks ago.

But now the EDP has been passed e-mails purporting to come from the couple, which have been sent to trick gullible victims into handing over personal details.

“Dear Sir/Madam,” one begins. “This is a personal email directed to you.

“My wife and I won a 101m EuroMillions jackpot in October and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of 1 millions to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lot of 20 lucky individuals all over the world.

“If you have received this email then you are one of the lucky recipients and all you have to do is get back with us.”

Instead of Wisbech - or even South London, where the couple plan to buy a house so Mr Dawes can be near his beloved Chelsea - the e-mail orginiated from an address in Israel.

Another e-mail states the Dawes have decided to donate £56m to their local fire department and individuals in need around the world.

“To facilitate the disbursement process of the funds £1,000,000.00 which have been donated solely to you, please send us your contact address and a valid identification of your self so that we can forward your details over to the payout bank immediately,” it says.

“We are hoping that you will be able to use the money wisely and judiciously over there in your country. We will employ you to do what you can to alleviate the level of poverty in your region and also try to enhance the standard of living of as many people as you can because that is the only objective of donating this money to you in the first place.”

Further e-mails request account details or instruct the recipient to open an account. They are signed Charles Erdman, of the Alliance & Leicester.

The Alliance & Leicester ceased to exist some months before the Dawes’s numbers came up, when it was taken over by Santander.

The Dawes’s whereabouts have been been a mystery since they announced their win - the third-biggest on EuroMillions.

But the couple, who lived in an £80 a week one bed flat in Wisbech, have been besieged by begging letters from around the world.

Cambridgeshire police said: “You should never give personal details and account numbers to anyone, especially strangers and unsolicited contacts.

“It is always worth bearing in mind that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is.”

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4 comments

  • I understood the story such that they aren't actually victims of this scam. The victims are the people receiving the emails. I'm not sure how you can not go public unless you a) live exactly as you did before or b) disappear and set up a new life as a different person. Both of those options sound a little miserable to me. Even if you tick the no publicity box, it would take a very short time for it to be nationally known.

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    AE

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

  • Anybody stupid enough to respond to obvious internet scams deserve their fate.These type of scams only work because of peoples greed and stupidity.

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    Tudor Bushe

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

  • How ridiculous it was for them to have ever gone public! Surely they must have realised they would be exposing themselves to this type of scam? And what precisely is Camelot doing about this, after it was probably their persuasion for the couple to have gone public in the first place?!

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    Shirley Scott

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

  • Exactly AE. There is no way that you could keep a win of this size (or in fact any lottery win) unless you had no friends or acquaintances. Someone would always be willing to spill the beans.

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    Yellow Blood

    Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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