The Foreign Office is warning Irish people about a scam where they are told they have won the Spanish lottery but are required to give a bank account number and other personal details before receiving the prize.
There are several different forms of scam going on in Spain.
The scam is used to steal money or personal information.
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The Foreign Office has advised people not to give personal details or bank account numbers to anyone claiming to belong to a Spanish lottery.
In a statement, they said: “There are several lottery scams going on from Spain. We advise you to be cautious if you are contacted by any organization claiming to be a Spanish lottery. Do not give out personal details and don’t pay any money, which can be described as a ‘fee advance’, ‘tax’ or ‘insurance’ This is likely a scam if you entered a lottery and asks you to pay in advance or if the contact’s phone number is a cell phone.
“According to the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spanish lottery prizes are still tax-free, and Spanish police have already arrested and subjected to legal proceedings some of the members of groups who operated from Spain.
“Therefore, when offered ‘prizes’ that appear to be related to the Spanish lottery, do not pay any amount.”
There have been a number of different scams in Spain in recent months targeting Irish holidaymakers. The FDFA has issued the following advice for anyone traveling to Spain to avoid being targeted by criminals:
• Do not carry your credit card, travel tickets and cash together – leave cash and valuables in a safe place
• Do not carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home
• Avoid showing large sums of money in public and do not use ATMs after dark, especially if you are alone. Check that no one followed you after conducting your business
• Keep a close eye on your belongings and keep them in public places such as internet cafes, train and bus stations
• Avoid dark, unlit streets and stairs, arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible
For more information, visit the DFA here.
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