Fraudsters are targeting households in Gedling borough with a People’s Postcode Lottery scam.
A warning has been sent out to people across the borough by a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme after a resident was targeted by the scam.
They received a text message inviting them to visit a link to find out more details about a win on the lottery.
In the alert, Bob Vaughan-Newton from Neighbourhood Watch in Gedling North said: “The victim was sent a text message which addressed her by her forename and asked her to click on a link in the message to find out about a win on the Postcode Lottery.
“The link began with “http” whereas a genuine link of this kind would usually be secure (signified by “https”).
“She was suspicious and contacted the Postcode Lottery directly. They told her that this was nothing to do with them. They had already heard of this scam and had reported it to ActionFraud.
Mr Vaughan-Newton went on to warn: “Please be careful about text messages like this – particularly if the message addresses you by name.”
If you receive a scam message of this nature you can report it to Action Fraud by contacting
Scams can also be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk .