HALTON residents are being warned about a scam after a man received a letter telling him he had won a car.

The letter told him he been allocated a BMW with a retail value of more than of £65,000.

He was notified that the delivery and storage fees had been paid, he just had to send a fee of £20.

The letter was very detailed and informed the man that he had won a BMW, a TV, digital camera and one million unique jewellery items.

The resident sent a cheque at the end of April and hasn’t received anything.

Halton Clr Dave Cargill, board member for trading standards, said: “We can all fall for a scam or a clever marketing trick so before you part with any money or personal information, ask yourself if it sounds too good to be true. If it does, it usually is."

If you think you’ve been caught out by this or any other scam contact the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.

You can report scams anonymously to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.