The "International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery" Scam

There is no "International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery". Therefore, recipients of email messages like the one below, which claim they are winners in the same lottery are asked to delete them. This is because the email messages are fakes, being sent by lottery scammers who are attempting to trick their potential victims into sending them money for a lottery that doesn't exist.

The International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery Scam

The "International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery" Scam

Von: "Mr. Joseph Mark" <>

Datum: 08.10.17 22:00 (GMT+01:00)

Betreff: Re: 0793524679




REF NO.: Proctor468/PB 15/4TH BATCH NO.: FIFA/YO319HZ

Attn: Dear Winner


Batch Number: 9-28-36-41-49

Winners Number: 5-7

Reference: SA/FIFA/OL/0783

We wish to congratulate you on your Online/mobile number success in the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Lottery Online/mobile number vote/ballot with International Monetary Fund’s (IMF), WORLD BANK in conjunction with United Nation Relief Effort through collective mobile active numbers in your country.

This promotional program is aimed at encouraging mobile phone users worldwide to play FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Lottery Draw by text and online. It is sponsored by FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 companies here in South Africa.

Mobile numbers were selected at random worldwide for the sake of this promo. Your mobile phone number was attached to ticket/batch number 9-28-36-41-49, which drew the lucky numbers: 5 and 7, winning the lottery of ($ 3.9, 000.00. Three Million Nine Hundred Thousand United states Dollar only). FIFA Draw select one million active users as part of their Award Promotion amongst the millions subscribers one person is selected in your country to benefit from this relief effort programmed and you are the Selected Winner.

Provide the following details to process the release of your winnings and winners certificate:

* Full Name:

* Address:

* State/Province:

* Phone Number:

* E-mail Address:

* Occupation

* Gender/ Age

* Nationality


You are required to fill and submit the above particulars as soon as possible for immediate processing of your prize claim

Best Regard

Mr. Joseph Mark

(Online coordinator.

Email Address:<>


Whatever that is written in this document should be kept confidential until your winning prize is claimed

2017-10-07 15:14 GMT+02:00 Johara Panaro <<>>:

Was habe ich gewonnen? Ich habe eine sms erhalten?

Freundliche Grüsse


The lottery scammers trick potential victims into sending them money by claiming the potential victims are winners in the bogus lottery. Once the potential victims send their money, which the lottery scammers will claim is for taxes or other fees, they will disappear, leaving the victims broke, angry and depressed. This is why online users never send money to anyone to claim a lottery prize. This is because legitimate lottery companies do not request money, taxes, personal or financial information from their winners.

Victims of the lottery scam should report it to the police, although there is little or nothing they can do because the lottery scammers are operating in foreign countries where it is difficult to apprehend them.

Remember, once you are asked to send money, personal or financial information in order to collect a lottery prize, it is the first sign that some lottery scammers are attempting to trick you into sending them your hard-earned money or information.

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May 7, 2024 at 6:47 PM by
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an anonymous user from: Reading, England, United Kingdom

I received a letter this morning asking to contact Mr Bernard Edward’s, the Foreign Service Manager of Standard Chartered Financial Consultants. Tel: (this is a give away) 0297-043-8728 or DD 0776-914-6899. Address: 22 Hanover Square London W1S 1HD. The letter attempts to show the 2024 Paris Hames logo but is cut off, they can’t even get the fundamentals right. Unfortunately, there will be one or two who fall foul.


May 7, 2024 at 10:35 AM by
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an anonymous user from: Salford, England, United Kingdom

Written by fairly thick unprincipled wa —-.

Hope their next visit to the toilet is when they pass out a hedgehog.


July 24, 2023 at 12:26 PM by
The "International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery" Scam
an anonymous user from: Barking, England, United Kingdom

Just had one of these through the post so scammers, having exhausted emails are onto post!


June 9, 2021 at 8:36 AM by
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an anonymous user from: City of London, London, England, United Kingdom

In the letter I received, but luckily did nothing about, I find it interesting to see that the contact name in both cases { above and mine) is Michael the surnames being Names of famous inventors eg. (above) Faraday invented electricity and Bell ( mine) invented the telephone.



November 26, 2019 at 8:09 AM by
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an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

The date of the letter did not correspond with the date of arrival of the same. There were grammatical errors that no native English speaker would have made, despite the named contact on the letter being a Mr. Michael Faraday.


November 22, 2019 at 8:44 AM by
The "International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery" Scam
an anonymous user from: Edgware, England, United Kingdom

I received a letter today, similar to the above asking me to ring 0161 7786 1265 or 0755 310 7360.

As if!


November 9, 2019 at 9:04 AM by
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an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

I to received a letter yesterday from Chicago, USA informing me that I had won the same amount of money and to contact Michael Faraday in London. What through it for me was, if I had really won that amount of money, would it not deserve a phone call to inform of my winnings and not a letter?

The one thing that did make it sound a bit genuine was that they would give you a cheque which means that they would not need your Bank details (unless you asked for a Bank Transfer.

Please, DO NOT be fooled by these robbing so and so's.

They old saying is true, "You never get something for nothing".


October 18, 2019 at 6:42 AM by
The "International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery" Scam
an anonymous user from: Newbury, England, United Kingdom

Got similar letter from International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery, Chicago USA and personally addressed to me with my name and postcode etc. It was posted in a pre-stamped Royal Mail envelope. All looks very genuine, but you should not even need to check if this is a scam, as you should know you have never entered such a completion in the first place!

However if you are still unsure, never contact them or telephone their number, but simple google their number and or the name of the completion. That should confirm it is a scam, and if you can find out nothing about them, it will still be a scam! I have received various other scams as emails, but this is the first as a letter. Do NOT get taken in.


October 8, 2019 at 6:11 AM by
The "International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery" Scam
an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

I got a letter today saying the same thing mine was from America, but to claim by phoning a number in London. Threw it away after checking scam line numbers online. If it sounds too good to be true it is most certainly a scam, always check first.


October 5, 2019 at 3:35 AM by
The "International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery" Scam
an anonymous user from: London, England, United Kingdom

Me too, got letter this morning for £825,000, whoopee, LOL. Name at bottom is Nicholas Murray


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The "International FIFA World Cup Online Lottery" Scam