Pensioner warns of ‘FIFA lottery’ scam

PUBLISHED: 10:35 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 10:35 05 February 2015

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An Exmouth pensioner is warning others to be vigilant after being targeted by a postal scam.

The 75-year-old man, who has asked to remain anonymous, received a letter purporting to be from the ‘International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery’, telling him he had won £900,000.

Immediately suspicious, he researched the letter online and discovered it was a common act of fraud.

He is now keen to make people aware of the scam, as although he was not personally fooled, he fears others may be taken in.

The pensioner said: “It was obvious to me, but I don’t want to see anybody else falling for it.”

The letter explains that the recipient is a winner, and goes on to give phone numbers ‘to start claiming your winnings’.

Action Fraud, the service run by the police responsible for fraud, confirmed the scam was well known.

A spokesman said: “If you make contact with the fraudsters you will be asked to part with money as an upfront payment, or forward money to enable them to enter the tender process for a prize that does not exist.

“The letter also asks you to inform your ‘claims agent’ of any changes in your personal information or address as soon as possible.

“Your personal information is commonly used by fraudsters to commit identify fraud.

“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.

“Official lotteries in other countries operate in much the same way as the UK’s National Lottery - none that we know of contact people to tell them of their win.

“Always remember, if you haven’t entered a lottery, then you can’t have won it.”

To report a fraud, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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