DON’T be lured by promises of Euro millions winnings.

That is the warning from the latest Huddersfield resident to see through the massive Spanish lottery scam, plaguing the UK.

Householders have received letters telling them they have scooped hundreds of thousands of euros from the Madrid-based Spanish Lottery Board.

The letters claim agents have bought tickets on their behalf and ask for the ‘winner’ to send personal information, including bank account details and names of next of kin.

Netherton man Trevor Holt managed to stop his 87-year-old brother, Gordon, from falling for the hoax and warned others not to be fooled.

Mr Holt, 76, said his older brother suffered from mild dementia and had been keen to get his hands on the €900,165 winnings promised in the letter.

He said: "He’s very interested in money and has some savings.

"The thought of some more was wonderful for him. But I presumed it was a scam – it’s suspicious when they want your bank details.

"I don’t want anyone else to fall for it. There are lot of older people who are very keen on the thought of some more money to help them in their old age."

A West Yorkshire Trading Standards spokeswoman said: "Scams come in many forms – e-mails, letters, telephone calls – and they are getting more sophisticated all the time.

"Never respond to anything you are sceptical about or you could become a victim.

"If something sounds too good to be true then remember it usually is!"

If you have been a victim of a scam or would like more information on how to avoid a scam then please contact Consumer Direct on 0845 4040506.

Yorkshire Euro-MP Richard Corbett praised the Consumer Direct service.

The Labour man said: "The first thing people who suspect they are being targeted by a scam should do is ring Consumer Direct. The staff have an incredible knowledge of the law and how best to deal with scams.

"Great advice and reassurance is just one phone call away."

He said: "Most consumer protection legislation is agreed at European level which means people all over the European Union are protected by common rules. It was great to hear staff at Consumer Direct say how important they think this is, particularly now people are buying more things from abroad because of the internet."

For more information visit www. or call 08454 040506.