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FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery Scam

by Brett M. Christensen

Message purporting to be a “winning notification” from international football association FIFA, claims that the recipient has won two million eight hundred thousand dollars in the FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery.

Brief Analysis
The email is not from FIFA and the supposed lottery does not exist. The message is a scam designed to trick recipients into sending money and personal information to Internet criminals.




Dear Winner,

We are pleased to announce to you as one of the 3 lucky winners in the FIFA 2010 AWARD draw held on March 31ST 2010. All 3 winning addresses were randomly selected from a batch of 5,000,000 international emails. Your email address emerged alongside 2 others as a 3rd category winner in this month’s draw.

Consequently, you have therefore been approved for a total pay out of $2, 800,000, 00 USD (Two Million Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) only.

The following particulars are attached to your lotto payment order: (i) BATCH NUMBER: FIFA-SA/40/UK-0079
(iii) PIN: 2131

Here are the details required from you:
YOUR FULL NAME:……………………….
MOBILE NUMBER:…………………………
EMAIL: ………………………………………

Please contact the under listed claims officer as soon as possible with your details for the immediate release of your winnings:
Contact Person: Name: Chris D. Benjamin
Tel: +44 703 180 0860
Fax: + 44 884 774 7508

At your disposal, I remain.
Yours in service,

Once again on behalf of all our FIFA 2010 TEAM,

1. All claims are nullified after 10 working days from today.
2. Your Ref number must be in all your mails with the claims officer.
3. Do inform the claims officer of any change of names or addresses.
4. All winners under the 5. Please contact your claims agent by fax or email (Mrs. Deborah Gray).FIFA 2010 ENGLAND.

Note: The “winning notification” is distributed in the form of an attached PDF document as illustrated in the following screenshot:

FIFA Lottery Scam 2010


Detailed Analysis
This email is supposedly an official prize notification from world football governing body, FIFA. The email claims that the “lucky” recipient has won a substantial cash prize in the FIFA World Cup Lottery. The recipient is instructed to contact the “claims agent” listed in the message and provide personal details in order to arrange the “immediate release” of the winnings.

However, the message is not from FIFA and neither the prize nor the FIFA 2010 World Cup Lottery itself actually exist. In fact, the message represents just one more variant of an advance fee lottery scam that has been successfully used by criminals for many years. Those who contact the “claims agent” as instructed will soon be asked to pay various fees that are supposedly required to allow the release of the “winnings”. The criminals responsible for the scam will claim that these payments are necessary to cover taxes, insurance costs, delivery expenses and a host of other totally fictitious fees. The scammers will insist that for legal or insurance reasons, the fees cannot be deducted from the actual winnings and must be paid in advance. If the fees are not paid, they will claim, the “winner” will forfeit his or her right to the prize money. But, of course, there is no prize and any money sent by the victims will be pocketed by these canny scammers. Once a victim falls for the scam and sends money, requests for more and more bogus fees are likely to continue until the victim belatedly realizes that he or she is being conned. During the course of the scam, the criminals may also fool their victim into supplying a large amount of personal information that may subsequently be used to steal his or her identity.
In order to make their scam message seem a little more credible, the scammers responsible for this message have rendered it in the form of an official-looking PDF document complete with seemingly genuine FIFA logos, trademarks and formatting. The logos and graphics used in the scam message are no doubt stolen or copied from official FIFA websites and publications.

Scammers are always quick to exploit events of international significance in order to further their own nefarious ends. And the 2010 FIFA World Cup – which was held in South Africa in June and July – was certainly no exception.

Internet users should be very cautious of any unsolicited emails that claim that they have won a large prize in a promotion that they have never even entered. No legitimate organization is ever likely to run a promotion or prize draw in such a manner. Scammers often claim that the recipient’s email address or name has been collected online and randomly selected as the “winner”. Genuine lotteries do not operate in such a manner. If you receive such an email, do not reply to the “agent” as instructed. Do not send money or personal information.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,