PENSIONERS in Gloucester are being warned to be on their guard after one man received seven scam letters in just a few days.
Pat Scannel, chairman of Tredworth Residents' Association, experienced a deluge of letters all claiming he had won money.
Most of the letters encouraged Mr Scannel to send amounts between £10 and £20, and in return he would collect lottery money in the region of £180,000.
Recognising they were merely attempts to con him out of his cash, Mr Scannel, who lives in Parry Road, is now warning other pensioners to be careful.
He said: "I have never seen anything like it before, it is absolutely ridiculous.
"I'm sure some people might think they are genuine and they would send these conmen their money – but they most definitely shouldn't. I have spoken to my neighbours here about it, some of them received letters too."
The letters were sent from a variety of places including Kansas City and India and asked for a cheque or a postal order.
Meanwhile, police have urged people not to send any money out should they receive a letter they are unsure about.
A police spokesman said: "There are a variety of scams like this lottery one that basically share the same conceit – they all ask for money from the recipient before any award can be paid out.
"The fraudsters behind it send out hundreds and thousands of these messages in a scattergun style hoping someone will reply and it only takes one for it to be worthwhile to them.
"Our advice is never to reply to anything that asks for money, whether it be cash, cheque or electronic cash voucher before you get anything in return."