According to this message, your email address has won £1 million courtesy of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Organizing Committee and the Microsoft-Euro Online Lottery Award Team.
Supposedly, your email address was randomly chosen as the winner from a pool of 500,000 email addresses via “e-sorting balloting”. The message urges you to contact your “fund processing manager” to arrange the release of your prize money.
But, alas, the email has no connection whatsoever to either FIFA or Microsoft and you have not won so much as a penny, let alone £1 million.
Instead, the email is an advance fee scam designed to steal your money and your personal information. If you contact your “fund processing manager” as instructed, you will soon be asked to send money to cover various imaginary processing fees invented by the scammers.
The scammers will continue to ask for more and more money until you realise that you are being conned and stop responding to them. At the end of the scam, the criminals will disappear with all of the money you sent.
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Be wary of any message that claims that you have won a large sum of money in a lottery or promotion that you know nothing about and did not enter. No organization or company is ever likely to give away millions of dollars or pounds to strangers randomly selected over the Internet. Any message that makes such a claim is very likely to be a scam.
An example of the scam message:
Subject: FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIA 2018
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