Chris and Colin Weir Donation Scam, EXCLUSIVE: INTERNET scammers have nicked the identity of Europe’s biggest lottery winners to launch a worldwide email con.
INTERNET scammers have nicked the identity of Europe’s biggest lottery winners to launch a worldwide email con.
Lottery firm Camelot said they were “extremely concerned” about the ploy which targets people with a random email claiming to be from Colin and Christine Weir offering £5million each to five “lucky individuals”.
Con artists were quick to target the couple from Largs, Ayrshire, who hit the headlines after scooping the £161million Euromillions jackpot last month.
The email asks people to claim their “donation” by sending personal and financial details, which could be used for identity fraud.
The email reads: “My name is Colin Weir from Scotland. I and my wife won the £161,653,000 Euromillions jackpot and have voluntarily decided to donate the sum of £5m to you as part of our own charity project to improve the lot of five lucky individuals all over the world.
“If you have received this email today then you are one of the lucky recipients and all you have to do is get back to us so that we can send your details to the payout bank.”
A Camelot spokesman said: “This is clearly a scam and emails like this should be put straight into the bin. These emails should be treated with extreme caution and if anyone has concerns, they should contact the police.
“We take things like this extremely seriously – especially when scammers are using our name or the name of lottery winners.
“People only have to think, ‘Hang on a minute, why is someone I’ve never met offering to give me £5million?’
“The old adage is true – if something looks and sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
“A lot of these scams originate overseas and it can sadly be very difficult to trace those behind it.”
Last night, a Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: “We will investigate this matter if a complaint is made.”
Last month, The Sunday Mail revealed that Barcelona offered Colin, 64, one of their best executive boxes after the Partick Thistle fan admitted he fancied watching the Catalan giants in luxury at the Nou Camp.
Club spokesman Xavier Guarte said: “It’s not normal to have individuals renting hospitality suites.
“It’s something companies do to entertain clients or to reward employees. But we could do it for Colin, no problem.”