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Warning issued over Lotto phone scam


Garda have issued a warning over fake phone calls offering ‘free play’ in the Euromillions draw to unsuspecting members of the public.

In a message posted on their official Facebook page, Gardaí said the National Lottery have been notified that members of the public are receiving these bogus phone calls daily for the last  few weeks.

They say the calls are coming from a Dublin number and members of the public are being offered “free play in the EuroMillions game”.

The message said:

“Gardai wish to remind the public to be extra careful with their personal, bank and other financial details when online or over the phone.

“It has been brought to the attention of the National Lottery that members of the public are receiving phone calls from a Dublin number, offering free play in the EuroMillions game.”

A National Lottery spokesperson also spoke of the growing problem:

“We have been contacted by several people in the last few weeks about such calls.

“We would like to reassure our players, and members of the public, that this activity has nothing to do with the National Lottery, and we would advise caution.”

As well as offering bogus free play of Euromillions the scammers are also ringing numbers and offering free  Lotto tickets and scratch cards.