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Scammers Ramp up Operations as World Cup Approaches

As the days lead up to the start of the 2010 World Cup, cybercriminals are busy drafting new scams and tactics to take advantage of the excitement surrounding the global event.

The latest scam involves an email saying telling users that their email address has won an award of a large sum of money and a free ticket and hotel in South Africa.

An example of the fraudulent email is below:

As the days lead up to the start of the 2010 World Cup, cybercriminals are busy drafting new scams and tactics to take advantage of the excitement surrounding the global event.

The latest scam involves an email saying telling users that their email address has won an award of a large sum of money and a free ticket and hotel in South Africa.

An example of the fraudulent email is below:

ATTENTION EMAIL OWNER 

The South Africa football federation announces to you the draw of South Africa 2010 

Soccer World Cup Awareness Grant Award programs held in Zurich, Switzerland, your 

e-mail address won the sum of US$1,200,000.00.

REF NUMBER: FFC/198GT08/05/ZZA, WINNING NUMBER: 12 19 25 21 44 59 with 

a bonus 16, AMOUNT WON: $1,200,000.00.USD. You are entitle to a free ticket and 

hotel reservation during your stay in South Africa. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO 

CONTACT OUR REPRESENTATIVE IN CHARGE OF THE GAMES AND

PAYMENT WITH PROVE THAT YOU ARE THE ACTUAL OWNER AND USER OF

THE EMAIL ADDRESS.BELOW IS HIS CONTACT DETAILS: Call his office on telephone, or send him an

email.

Mr. Tshabalala Modise Tel: +27 732 212 357

E-Mail: [email protected]

Sincerely, Mrs. Trina Hughes

Online Lottery Co-ordinator

This lottery scam is just one example of the many scams surrounding this year’s World Cup soccer tournament. People also need to beware of fake tickets being sold as well as hotel and accommodations being booked for the event being held South Africa. In such cases, cybercriminals sell fake tickets online, which users likely won’t be able to determine the authenticity until game day, as well as booking hotels or house rentals that don’t exist.

The World Cup kicks off on June 11th, 2010 and is yet another example of why 2010 is a great year to be a scammer.

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