June 6, 2023

‘It isn’t you’ – Lotto bosses warn Kilkenny people to be vigilant of convincing new text scam

People in Waterford are being warned not to fall victim of a convincing Lotto text scam doing the rounds.

Reports recently started surfacing on social media of an elaborate Lotto scam in which the target receives a text message with both their name and location mentioned in the text. The message tells them to click on a link contained in the text as they had won a prize.

After it became aware of the fraud, the National Lottery took to social media urging people not to follow the instructions on the text and to delete it from their mobiles straight away.

In a statement they said: “The National Lottery has been made aware that members of the public have received text messages which purport to be from the ‘Lotto’.

“These text messages are not from the National Lottery and are likely to be a phishing scam. The National Lottery will never text you to ask you to provide any sensitive or personal information via text message.

“If you have received this text message, please do not open it, or click on the link provided. Instead, you should delete the message immediately.

“Any player who has opened the ‘Lotto’ text message and clicked on the link or provided passwords or personal information should change any passwords immediately.

“If you have provided any banking information, it is essential you urgently contact your bank to ensure your banking details have not been compromised,” the statement concluded.

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