The 2010 FIFA World Cup is less than a month away and scammers are trying their best to take advantage of consumers.
“Soccer is an extremely popular sport and with the World Cup around the corner, we are seeing the foreign lottery scam making a comeback,” says Kim States, BBB President. “Stick with the BBB’s advice. If is sounds too good to be true, it normally is.”
The scam lottery appears to be from FIFA and a partnership between the South African and Canadian governments. The solicitation attempts to persuade recipients to submit personal information or forward money to receive the prize.
A new variation of the FIFA lottery scam is appearing as a mass email, which has a PDF attachment outlining the prize details. Opening an attachment from an unknown party could expose your computer to malware viruses and lead to identity theft.
In February, FIFA sent out a warning about lottery prize scams associated with their name – there is no World Cup 2010 Lottery affiliated in any way to FIFA.
BBB recommends the following when you receive a foreign lottery letter or email:
· If you’re thinking about responding to a foreign lottery, don’t do it. This is a scam.
· By responding to just one foreign lottery offer, you’ve opened the door to many more bogus offers for lottery or investment “opportunities”. Your name will be added to “sucker lists” that fraudulent telemarketers buy and sell.
· In both the U.S. and Canada, it’s illegal to play a foreign lottery – through the mail or on the telephone or Internet. Don’t add insult to injury by inviting federal charges.