The FIFA World Cup is scheduled for 2010 in South Africa and scammers have already started using this news to trick people into giving out their personal details.
A new scam email is sent to people telling them they won a lottery. The email is full of interesting things to catch people’s attention such as a large dollar amount ($850,000) and social tricks such as asking them not to tell anyone about their winnings.
At the end they ask the recipient to send them a few personal details, which the scammers then use to steal money from your bank accounts.
The email uses broken English and is full of "official looking" random letters and numbers.
Below are some quotes from the scam email. If you receive this email just delete it.
South Africa FIFA World Cup 2010
Government Accredited Licensed!!
Online National Lottery South African
Batch: 12/25/DC34 RE:LOTTO
Your email have luckily won the sum of USD$850,000.00
Which subsequently won you the lottery in the 2nd category i.e. match 5 plus bonus. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of $850,000.00 USD… In cash credited to file KPC/9080118308/02. All participants for the online version were selected randomly from World Wide Web sites through computer draw system and extracted from over 100,000 union associations and corporate bodies that are listed online this promotion takes place weekly.
Our agent will immediately commence the process to facilitate the release of your funds as soon as you contact him. For security reasons, you are advised to keep your winning information confidential till your claims is processed and your money remitted to you in whatever manner you deem fit to claim your prize. This is part of our precautionary measure to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program your request to fill the information below.
And it goes on and on.
Some people who fall for these things have never entered a lottery, but they want to believe it so much that they don’t stop to consider why they were selected.
Now you might be wondering who could possibly be so foolish to fall for lottery scams. In fact, a large number of people fall for these things. In Australia alone (and with a small population of 21 million) 329,000 people lost money to lottery and phishing scams in one year. 3.6 million people fell for these scams in USA. Imagine how many people worldwide fall for these things.
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