Public Service Announcement - TELUS warns of international lottery scam
TELUS urging customers to not send funds or give out personal information
VANCOUVER, Sept. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - TELUS is warning Canadians about a surge in a
common international lottery scam being sent via letter mail to residents of
British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba, falsely claiming an association with
TELUS and Koodo.
Known as an "advance fee scheme," the scam involves letters that appear to be
originating from England stating the recipient has won a $51,950 cash prize,
and asking that you deposit a money order to cover taxes and processing fees
with your bank to claim the prize. The letter includes a cheque to cover the
recipient's costs. However, that cheque is forged and will bounce, while any
money deposited will be lost.
The letters claim to be from an organization titled The National Lottery (in
conjunction with Koodo Mobile and TELUS Corporation). The letters state the
recipient is a lucky winner in the World International Consumers and telephone
users sweepstakes held in the United Kingdom on July 28.
These letters are fraudulent, and they are in no way related to TELUS or other
companies the scam artists claim to be associated with. TELUS recommends
customers simply throw the letters in the recycling bin.
The RCMP Anti Fraud department and Canada Post are aware of this scam. Canada
Post is evaluating and they will work toward preventing these letters from
entering the Canadian mail system.
SOURCE TELUS Corporation
For media inquiries, please contact:
Shawn Hall TELUS Media Relations (604) 619-7913 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Gerritsen TELUS Media Relations (403) 808-9591 email@example.com
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