A PENSIONER is warning others to beware of a scam which urges people to send off £10 in order to claim a huge cash sum.
Norman Hann received a postcard through his letterbox among his regular post stating he was eligible for a cash prize of £735,000.
But the card – which was said to be from a company that awarded people unclaimed cash prizes – said that he first had to send off £10 within five days.
The 73-year-old father of one from the Owton Manor area contacted the Mail in a bid to warn other people who may get one of the yellow cards through the post.
He said: “It came through the door on November 14 and it’s very convincing.
“It wasn’t until I got down to the bit that says you’ve got to send off £10 within five days that it made me think.
“Some people are very vulnerable or gullible and might think it’s real and send off the £10.”
The former nuclear site police officer, also a step-father of two, grandfather of 10, and great-grandfather of 10, added: “It’s just a scam and a money-making racket.
“I just hope that by me appearing in the Mail it will do some good and stop someone from being conned.”
A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council’s trading standards department issued some advice to readers after hearing of Norman’s experience.
He said: “If it sounds too good to be true, it almost certainly will be. People should never ever trust a scam which says that they’ve won some money but which first requires them to pay money out.”
If anybody receives any suspicious correspondence they should contact the Government’s National Consumer Organisation on 0845 4040506.