Scam hits EuroMillions winners’ charity

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People are warned not to fall for fake charity emails

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2nd February 2015 by Graham Martin 15 Comments

EuroMillions lottery winners Colin and Chris Weir have been caught up in a charity scam.

Hoax emails claiming to be from the pair – who won £161 million in 2011 – have been sent to people offering them cash.

The messages claim recipients have been chosen to receive £500,000 from the Chris and Colin Charity Scheme.

People are then asked to provide confidential contact information.

However, the messages are nothing to do with the couple or their charity – the Weir Charitable Trust.

Neither the Weir Charitable Trust nor Chris and Colin Weir will ever email unsolicited offers of money

A spokesperson for the Largs based pair said: “Neither the Weir Charitable Trust nor Chris and Colin Weir will ever email unsolicited offers of money.

“If you are approached by someone claiming to be them or their representative and asking you to provide personal or financial details, it is a scam. Do not respond.”

The email, which claims to be from Mr Weir, states: “We wish to inform you that you have been selected to receive a donation of £500,000 from the Chris and Colin Weir charity scheme.

“We are happily giving out millions to selected people worldwide. However, you are required to acknowledge this mail to further procedures.”

Police Scotland has warned people not to fall for the scam.

A spokesperson said: “ We would advise members of the public to never give out personal information, particularly bank details, following this type of correspondence.

“If you have any concerns, please report the matter to the police.”

This is believed to be the third time fraudsters have tried to use the Weirs’ charity in online scams.

2nd April 2015 by shawn volkmann

Such a shame people try to steal from others, I received one of these fraud emails, wished it was real it offered 250000 this time. Sure it is from nigeria, the English is broken and bad, the folks in the photo probably speak well.

21st April 2015 by Linda

I have just received one of these emails in my spam folder offering £500.000 I immediately was suspicious so I google searched and sure enough here it is, A SCAM!BE VIGILANT! DON'T HAND OUT PERSONAL IMFORMATION!!

22nd April 2015 by Alison

I’ve just received an email, such a shame this couple will have to deal with this nonsense!

13th May 2015 by Kathy

I have recieved a email offering me 1.1 million

10th June 2015 by RIZWAN ALI

please received email you are give me charity & donation my +923208890453 i am leave in Karachi-PakistanMy wife and I have awarded you with a donation of $ 1.5 million Dollars from part of our Jackpot Lottery of 161,653,000 Million Pounds, send your name,address, phone for claims.View await your earliest response and God Bless you.Best of luck. Colin & Chris W

16th June 2015 by A Terry

Thanks for the warning. The scam is here in Canada now too. This is what was sent to me. Notice how it change from L to Dollars.. Colin & Chris Weir <> "My wife and I have awarded you with a donation of $ 1.5 million Dollars from part of our Jackpot Lottery of 161,653,000 Million Pounds, send your name,address, phone for claims. View We await your earliest response and God Bless you. Best of luck."Be diligent... Be aware...

13th August 2015 by Bruce Gunn

Hi,I have just received this scam email, a little bit different; but the same scam nevertheless & it is very plausible. Considering, I run a social enterprise & I am raising investment at the moment! Also, it has a BBC link as reference & a legitimate email address. Luckily, I used to work for an internet security company & can recognise a phishing email. Others might be fooled though so thought I would comment on this previous article. Regards Bruce Gunn

18th August 2015 by Jessica ellis

It's just happened again through my LinkedIn account. Do you know how sophisticated it is, should I change my passwords?

16th October 2015 by Jonathan

My name is Mike Richardson Townsend, I'm the Euromillion Jackpot winner of £93 My name is Mike Richardson, I'm the Euromillion Jackpot winner of £93 million in UK that decided to remain anonymous.I'm donating two million USD to you, I also want you to donate part of it to the privilege around you.I will let you know how i picked you for this donation and also let you know why i decided to go anonymous.See link below for details RegardsRichardson

16th October 2015 by Jonathan

Thanks for Honoring my mail, I'm delighted you replied. My name is Mike Richardson and my Wife's name is Christy we are from Northern Ireland , United Kingdom.We both bought a Ticket and played the EuroMillion Lottery this year, God was so faithful to us and we won the some of 93 million pounds. We decided to remainedanonymous and hide our identity because of my wife's health. We don't want disturbance from the Press, If we disclose our name to the media, the men and women of the press will always want to visit us and interview us, that will bring a lot of disturbance, the doctor has already advise she always rest to make her healthy, She is suffering from Cancer. We have battled that for a very long time now, But we know within us that she will be Joining the Lord in heaven soonest.We have made Donations to Several Motherless baby home, Refugees in different countries through United Nations Donation program, cancer patients, Homeless People , Churches and other agenciesA Thought came to my mind to make donation of 2 million USD to someone I don't know through Lottery system because I got this wealth through lottery .I also want someone to benefit from it through Lottery. I decided to contact several email service provider to provide to me any person's email registered under them, I was able to have over 10 million emails , Ticket was attached to every email and a raffle draw was made, That was how your email was selected and you were contacted.I want to use this opportunity to congratulate you and your family and i also advise you make donation to someone in need and also advise that person you make donation to, to also help someone in need, with this system the Blessing can go round.I will like to know your NAME and COUNTRY you live. Once I receive that we can progress to the next stage to receive the funds.Attached to this email is my photo you can also send me your photo to know who i'm making donation toYou can read about the lottery i won on the Link below me with your FULL NAME, COUNTRY AND A PHOTO OF YOUOnce again Congratulations!Richardson

16th October 2015 by Jonathan

These people are unbelievable, they will go to whatever lengths to screw people out of their hard earned money, they can be quite inventive in the way they scam people too so always be alert, remember if it sounds to good to be true IT IS!!!

14th December 2015 by Karen Ellis

I just got the email and it says exactly as stated above. I'm here in the USA.

17th March 2016 by Amanda Perea

I was drawn into this scam yesterday via email. It wasn't until 5am this morning after being awake all night searching for a contact number for Pastor Michael Collins and the Tnt parcel courier in Mumbai, India, I received a secone EmaIL asking for $300 to deliver my check. . I was furious, also a little bit more embarrassed that I fell so hard , so fast , I guess if it is too good to be true it is.. Please don't hesitate to hit the delete mail when it comes to these types of things. . It was common sense., or should have been I didn't give my dob, or ss# out , I assumed that it was real..

8th September 2016 by ann Rotchell

Sadly it looks like this scam is doing the rounds again. we have just received it.. 8th September 2016.. Actually quite funny as they say they have won millions in £s but are offering some money in US $ Email address to reply is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). so please be warned. Ann

4th July 2019 by Gordon Meier

Just got scammed but they giving 1.5 million usd this time using postnet have to pay shipping, insurance etc 700 usd to recieve package with cheque they are in Turkey