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Rugby World Cup Advance Fee Lottery Scam

Outline
Email claims that the recipient has won one million dollars in a lottery promotion operated by the governing body of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.



Brief Analysis
The claim in the message is untrue. There is no prize and the email is not from organizers of the Rugby World Cup. In fact, the message is a scam designed to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to Internet criminals.

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Last updated: 25th June 2011
First published: 25th June 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Example
Subject: 2011 Rugby World Cup Lotto Promotion

Congratulations!!! View Attached for Further Information

(Contents of .pdf attachment:)


Rugby World Cup Logo

JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA (District)


Congratulation Sir/Madam

The 2011 Rugby World Cup will be the seventh Rugby World Cup, a quadrennial international rugby union competition inaugurated in 1987. The tournament is one of the largest international sporting competitions in the world.

As excitement is starting to build up for the World Cup 2011, We to inform you that you have won prize money of One Million United States Dollars $1,000,000.00) for the 2011 Rugby World Cup Lottery promotion edition which is organized by the sport’s governing body, the International Rugby Board (IRB)

International Rugby Board (IRB)collects all the email addresses of people that are active online, among the millions that subscribed to Hotmail and MSN we only select ten people every four years as our winners through electronic balloting System without the winner applying or purchasing ticket, we Congratulate you for being among of the lucky selected winners around the world.

PAYMENT OF PRIZE AND CLAIM

You are to contact your Claims Agent with immediate effect to facilitate the protocol of your winning prize before the expiring date of Claim. Winners shall be paid in accordance with his/her settlement Centre. Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days from date of Draw Notification after the Draw date in which Prize was won. Any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited. These are your identification numbers:

Winning No: VCard/877/798/2011
Email Ref No: VCard/699/33/2011

To begin your claims please contact our licensed and accredited agent assigned to you.
[VERIFICATION DEPARTMENT MANAGER]
Name: Peterson Laud
Email : petersonlaud@gmail.com
Phone: +27835198912

Do email the above Claims Administrator with the claims requirements below to avoid unnecessary delay.

Claims Requirements:

First Name:_______________
Last/Family Name:__________________
Sex:_______________
Age:_______
Date of Birth:___________________
Occupation:_______________________
Nationality:_________________
Address:______________________________
Marital Status:____________
City:_____________
State:________________
Zip/Postal Code:___________
Country:______________________
Cell Phone:____________________
Fax:________________
E-mail:________________________________

2011 Rugby World Cup Lottery promotion edition Prize must be claimed not later than 15 days; any prize not claimed within this period will be forfeited.

Congratulations!!!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Carolina Lennon (Secretary)
International Rugby Board (IRB). All rights reserved




Detailed Analysis
According to this email, which purports to be from the International Rugby Board (IRB), the lucky recipient has won one million dollars in a promotion organized for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The message claims that the recipient’s email address was selected from a large pool of email addresses collected online by the IRB. To begin the process of claiming the prize, the winner is instructed to contact the “Claims Administrator” via email and supply a large amount of personal information. The message comes complete with a seemingly official Rugby World Cup logo and consists of a .pdf file attached to a “winning notification” email.

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Rugby 2011
However, the email is certainly not from the IRB and has no connection whatsoever to the Rugby World Cup. There is no prize and the supposed promotion does not exist. The promised prize money is nothing more than a lure used by Internet criminals as a means of fooling people into sending them money and sensitive personal information.

Those who contact the bogus “Claims Administrator” listed in the scam message will soon be asked to send various payments, ostensibly to allow the release and transfer of the prize money. The scammers will claim that these payments are necessary to cover the cost of banking and insurance fees, tax payments, or a series of other entirely fictitious fees. And the scammers will insist that these payments are made before the release of the “prize”. They will claim that, for legal or insurance reasons, the fees cannot be paid out of the prize money itself under any circumstances.

In many such cases, requests for further fees will continue until victims finally realize that they are being scammed or simply run out of money to send. All money sent will be pocketed by the scammers. It is very unlikely that victims will recover any of the money that they have already sent. And of course, they will never receive their million dollar prize, which never existed to begin with.

During the course of the scam, victims may be tricked into divulging more and more personal and financial information and the criminals may subsequently use this information for identity theft. In order to gain victims, the scammers randomly send out very large numbers of identical scam messages. Even if only a handful of recipients fall for the ruse, the tactic will pay off for the scammers.

Scammers used a very similar tactic in 2010 in scam messages purporting to be from organizers of the FIFA World Cup. Advance fee lottery scams are very common and gain new victims every day. You should be wary of any message that claims that you have won a large prize in a lottery or promotion that you have never even entered. Moreover, any message that claims that your email address or name has been randomly selected as a winning entry should be treated as highly suspect. Genuine companies or organizations do not operate lotteries or prize promotions in this manner.

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References
FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery Scam
Lottery Scams - International Lottery Scam Information

Last updated: 25th June 2011
First published: 25th June 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer