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Man loses house in lottery scam

Lottery letter
Two people in the region have recently fallen victim to lottery scams

Police have revealed that an elderly man from south west Scotland has lost his home to a foreign lottery scam.

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary made a renewed appeal to the public to be aware of the danger of bogus letters.

They said two people in the region had recently lost significant sums of money - with one of them actually ending up losing his own property as a result.

Police warned the public never to give out bank details to anyone offering to give them significant lottery winnings.

The region's Fraud and Financial Investigation Unit has issued numerous warnings about such scams.

However, it confirmed three people in the region had recently been taken in.

'Ignore scams'

One person did not part with any cash but the other two, both of whom were elderly, lost significant sums of money.

Det Sgt Billy Thomson said: "These scams are usually operated from outwith the UK and are nearly always impossible to investigate.

"We are stressing to the public to ignore these lottery scams and report them to the police.

"On no account should personal bank details be released to these individuals."

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