Trading Standards are warning residents that there is currently a People's Postcode Lottery scam letter circulating in the islands.

The letter states that you hold the winning ticket in an  international  lottery, but  in order to claim the substantial monetary prize you have to phone a telephone number and pay a processing fee to lottery 'agents' based in London.

The letter advises you  to keep your winning information confidential until your claim has been processed.

Trading Standards advise residents to bin the letter. They offer the following guidance on checking if you something is a scam.

Scams are schemes to con you out of your money. They can arrive by post, phone call, text message or email or a scammer may turn up at your home.

It could be a scam if:

the call, letter, email or text has come out of the blue

you’ve never heard of the lottery or competition they are talking about and didn’t buy a ticket

you are asked to send money in advance

you are told you have to respond quickly so I don’t get time to think about it or talk to family and friends before you decide

you are told to keep it a secret.