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The £1m donation that isn’t all it appears to be
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Fraudsters using the name of Euromillions’ jackpot winner Neil Trotter, are being investigated by police after offering fake £1m donations.Winning a lottery jackpot it’s a life-changing moment, but it also creates many problems especially when fraudsters start using your name. That’s definitely been the case for Neil Trotter, 41, who won a £107.5m Euromillions jackpot in March of this year. Since that win his name has been used by a series of fraudsters including one offering people a £1m share of his winnings.The emails, claiming to have been sent by Trotter, offer the recipient £1m as long as they spend part of the donation in a charitable way. It’s claimed that only 15 people have been sent the email and specifies that part of the money must be donated to a “foundation or a home for the less privileged to visit and take care of their needs”.The email also adds that those selected to receive a share of his fortune would be invited to the UK to tell him how they had spent the money over a slap-up meal with Trotter and his partner.Neil won the jackpot in March of this year after buying a lucky dip ticket, meaning he could quit his job as a car mechanic. His father, Jim, has confirmed that the email has nothing whatsoever to do with his son and is a “total scam.” He added that this is just one of around 150 scams that have been circulating about his son in recent weeks. Another one asked people to send £7 to cover postage and packing in return for a donation of £2,000. There are also eight to ten fake Facebook accounts, all claiming to be representing the Euromillions winner.Mr Trotter, 69, added “Anyone who gets an email or letter should throw them in the bin or delete them. It’s not alarming to me; it just seems to be one of those things in this electronic world that we live in. It’s a total spoof and it’s not happening.”Euromillions draws take place every Tuesday and Friday. Don’t forget to buy your tickets online at