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2012 FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Advance Fee Scam

Outline
Email that pretends to originate from world football governing body FIFA, claims that the recipient has won a large sum of money in the 2012 FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Program and should fill in and send an attached form to begin the process of claiming the prize.



Brief Analysis
The message is not from FIFA, there is no such lottery and the recipient has not won a prize. In fact, the message is a scam designed to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to Internet conmen.

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Last updated: August 6, 2012
First published: August 6, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example

INTERNATIONAL FIFA WORLD CUP ONLINE LOTTERY.

FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION


Dear [Name Removed]

We are delighted to inform you of the International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Program held on
20/07/2012, .Due to mix up of names and numbers the results were released on 27/07/2012. Your name
attached to raffle ticket number:DYB22155 with serial number: 506 drew lucky numbers: 13-21-27-36-38-
45 with bonus ball 4 which consequently won in the 3RD category, you have therefore been approved the
winner for a lump sum pay out of Eight Hundred Thousand Pounds (£800,000.00) congratulation! Note: This
is a tax-free draw and all participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Over
3,000,000, individuals worldwide.

The program was designed and promoted by European lottery, Russian Football Union and Qatar Football
Association and FIFA World Cup Online Lottery to promote the 2018 and 2022 FlFA World Cup which is to
be hosted by Russia and Qatar respectively. This has been the biggest ever played in the world which aimed at
changing the lives of millions of people. Please to help us proceed with your claims, this information must be
kept away from public to avoid unwarranted abuse of the program or fraudu lent acts from criminal minded
and unauthorized person(s)

To begin your claims, contact DR ERIC MOORE the Foreign Service Manager of LADBROKES PLC &
MANAGEMENT on TEL: 0207-060-9242 .DIRECT LINE: 0777-888-9566 FAX: 0207-691-7798 for the
processing and remittance of your Winnings. Remember to quote your reference number in all
correspondence

Finally all winning must be claimed not later than 31/08/2012. After this date, the entire Fund wi ll be returned
to the UK BOARD OF INTERNAL REVENUE as unclaimed. Furthermore should there be any change of
your personal details or address, do inform your claims agent as soon as Possible. Enclosed with this form is
payment processing form which you should complete and return urgently To Fax NO: 0207-691-7798 for
immediate processing of your claims.

Screenshot of attached PDF:
FIFA World Cup 2012 Lottery Scam




Detailed Analysis
This message, which purports to be from football governing body FIFA, claims that the recipient has won eight hundred thousand pounds in the International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Program for 2012. The supposed lottery win notification is distributed as a PDF email attachment or - in some cases - a surface mail letter. The recipient is urged to claim the prize by filling in and faxing a detailed "Fund Release Form" that will supposedly be processed by Ladbrokes PLC, a well known UK based betting and gaming organization. According to the message the lottery program was created by FIFA along with the European lottery, Russian Football Union and Qatar Football to promote the 2018 and 2022 FIFA world cups.

However, none of the claims in the message are genuine. The message is not from FIFA. There is no such lottery. Claim processing will not be undertaken by Ladbrokes PLC and the recipient has not won so much as a dollar. In fact, the message is an advance fee scam. People who fall for the lies in the message and submit their claim form for processing will soon be informed that they must pay a number of upfront fees before their claim can be finalized. The criminals responsible for the scam will tell their victims that the requested fees are needed to cover a range of functional expenses such as insurance costs, taxation, and banking or broker charges. Victims will be told that the fees must be paid in advance and, for legal reasons, cannot be deducted from the "prize money". But, after they have extracted as much money as possible out of their victims, the scammers will simply disappear with their stolen cash. Victims are very unlikely to ever see a return of any of the money they have already sent. And, of course, no matter how many fees they send, they will never receive the supposed prize which never existed to begin with.

Moreover, because the scammers will collect a large amount of personal and financial information via the initial claim form and subsequent information requests, they may also be able to steal the identity of their victims.

This lottery scam is a little more sophisticated than some others of its type in that it uses a seemingly official claim form and pretends that the from will be processed by a real organization. Moreover, some instances of this scam are apparently targeted directly at individual users and include the full names and addresses of the targeted recipients.

A very similar lottery scam campaign took place in 2010 and falsely claimed that recipients had won the FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery. And other major sporting events have also been regularly used in such advance fee scams.

Advance fee lottery scams take many forms, but still continue to find new victims. Be wary of any email, letter or text message that claims that you have won a large prize in a lottery or promotion that you have never even entered. Such scams typically claim the the recipient's name, phone number or email address was randomly selected as the winning entry even though the recipient never bought a ticket or participated in any prize draw. Genuine lotteries are very unlikely to conduct their affairs in such a manner.

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References

FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery
Chinese Olympic Committee Lottery Scam
Rugby World Cup Advance Fee Lottery Scam
Advance fee lottery scams


Last updated: August 6, 2012
First published: August 6, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer