Fifa World Cup Lottery Scam Letter

We have received a copy of the following lottery scam that has been received by a resident in Suffolk.

The letter suggests that the recipient is the winner of £725,000.  Recipients are persuaded to submit personal information or to part with money as an upfront payment, or forward money to enable them to enter the tender process.

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Fifa lottery

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We can confirm that this is in fact a scam, and that if you have received the letter you should not respond to it!

FIFA have confirmed that any such correspondence has no connection with or authorisation from FIFA and is in no way related to the 2014, 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, nor any other FIFA events.

Protect yourself against lottery fraud

  • Never respond to any such communication. If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.
  • Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lotto.  No official lotteries that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.
  • We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings.  Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.
  • Never, ever disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance.
  • If they’ve provided an email address to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
  • Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret it’s likely to be a fraud.
  • Many fraudulent lotteries have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work.

If fraud has been committed, report it to Action Fraud.

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