A BIRKBY woman thought she had struck the jackpot - literally - when a letter from a Spanish lottery landed on her doormat.
But Mrs Freda Ahsan, of Spinkfield Road, soon became suspicious when it was followed by not one, but five, more letters, all from the Spanish lottery.
They said she had won amounts ranging from $615,810 to 475,119 euros.
"At first I almost believed it, but rang some friends for advice and decided not to do anything.
"Then I saw an article in the Examiner warning people about similar letters and saying not to give out personal bank details.
"I haven't even done the English lottery this year. The last time I went to Spain was three years ago and I have no relatives living there," she added.
" I just want to know what the motive is," she said.
One letter asks her to contact a claims agent, who will transfer the money into an account of her choice.
Another provides a form to fill in on which she has to provide her name, address, phone number, date of birth, and bank account number, bank address and phone and fax. It also asks for details of next of kin and a signature.
Mr Graham Hebblethwaite, of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said there were lots of similar schemes operating.
"No matter what they say, they all have got common features which involve either fraudulently misusing your bank details or extracting money from you.
"This lady did the right thing by not responding."
If you are inundated with junk mail you can register to stop `official' junk mail from organisations such as banks and supermarkets by calling 0845 7034599, email www.mpsonline.org.uk or write to MPS, Freepost 22, London W1E 7EZ.