The British High Commission (BHC) in Colombo advised people in Sri Lanka to beware of bogus job offers & lottery winnings.
The BHC receives regular inquiries from people in Sri Lanka about lottery winnings and job offers received via e-mails or otherwise, purporting to be from the UK. These lottery and job e-mail scams arrive unsolicited in mailboxes and promise good things. The reality is that while many scams may appear to come from the UK, the criminals operating them are actually based in other countries, the High Commission stated.
The High Commission stated that familiarizing with a few facts can help to avoid being taken in by scams. UK lotteries do not email winners or refer to amounts won in emails. All genuine UK lotteries are registered and have websites. UK lotteries cannot be played by individuals overseas, even if they are UK citizens. If you buy a ticket online from overseas they will not pay out, which is a legal requirement. You must be resident in the UK, it added.
The BHC also advises to take precautions if receive a job offer in UK either by e-mail or otherwise. The UK Government, including UK Trade and Investment, does not send unsolicited emails with job offers – either directly or through agents. Government vacancies are advertised on official websites. Genuine UK companies normally have a rigorous recruitment procedure, including a face-to-face interview. They would not usually offer a job by email alone. Genuine UK companies are officially registered and can be checked by logging on to www.companieshouse.gov.uk and their addresses can be checked by logging on to www.upmystreet.com.
If you have been cheated because of a job or lottery scam, BHC advice to report it to the Sri Lankan police authorities.