Villains out to scam 2010

2009-10-10 15:41

ILLEGAL lotteries carrying prizes of up to R8.8 million and more than 100 websites selling unauthorised 2010 Fifa World Cup tickets have mushroomed as scammers dupe unsuspecting football followers ahead of the event.

In response Fifa has taken strong action against fraudulent emails and SMSes fraudulently claiming to be associated with Fifa and the World Cup being sent to unsuspecting soccer lovers.

Fifa South African-based media officer Delia Fischer said: “Fifa strongly advises the public to treat any emails concerning lottery draws or cash prizes with suspicion and caution. We urge people not to provide any personal or financial details if requested to do so. These lotteries have no connection with or authorisation from Fifa.”

She also advised that such SMSes or emails be forwarded to the police to be dealt with by the specialised “419 task team”.

In one of the most recent lottery scams, an email claimed that the recipient had won a whopping £750 000 (about R8.5 million).

Addressed to “Dear Winner”, the email stated that the recipient was one of three lucky winners in a Fifa 2010 Award draw held on October 7.

It further states: “All three winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 5 million international emails. Your email address emerged alongside two others as a third category winner in this month’s draw. Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of £750 000 only.”

Attached to the email are:

Winning numbers: 7, 31, 62, 21, 74, 80;

Serial number: 21-8-1974;

Lotto batch number: FL-10;

Reference number: SBF-404-3

The recipient is asked to give personal details such as full names, country of residence, occupation, age, cell number and email address.

The email is written on the South Africa 2010 Fifa World Cup logo background and also bears the Proudly South African logo.

Illegal tickets sales is another scourge Fifa is fighting against. International reports suggest that up to 100 websites may be selling unauthorised tickets.

All scams can be reported to Senior Superintendent Fani Molapo: Tel: 012-393-1203 / 082-779-8565 or email 419scam@saps.org.za


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