This type of mail advises that you have won a large sum of money on a lottery of competition.
The letter will appear to be very official and will often have grand company names.
The letter often asks you to call a premium rate number to pay an administration/processing fee to claim your prize. The fee requested can be of any value but on average is around £35-£40 often with a 15 to 20 minute telephone call costing around £1.50 per minute, meaning you could lose between £55 and £70 from that one letter alone.
You will never receive the winnings, but will get another letter advising there has been a problem and you need to pay another fee for the money. This process will continue indefinitely and you will never receive the promised winnings.
The mail will appear very personal as special technology is used to input your name into the letter on multiple occasions making it look like the letter was written to you.
On some occasions the mail will be passed off as being from a genuine lottery such as the 'People's Post Code Lottery' so be extra cautious if you play a genuine lottery and receive letter stating you have won.
Typical Examples (non exhaustive list) - Taylor and Kenneth Associates, Finkelstein & Partner, W4A, Collins & Associates, Anderson & Company, Incentive Award Centre, International Payment Committee, Financial Transfer Institute, Winner Club, The Prize Service, Award Mail Offices, Transatlantic Centre for Payment of Prizes, World Lotto, Awards Express, Fortune Cash and Travel Prizes, Buchmuller & Co, European Winners Club, Award Notification Commission, Prudential Incentive Awards, El Gordo Spanish Lottery, International Prize Advisors, The European Lottery Syndicate, Lottery Millionaires, Australian Lottery Agents, Scammers purporting to be the Peoples Post Code Lottery.