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World soccer body warns of phishing scam (FIFA)
Lottery companies requesting personal data in FIFA's name in latest global scam

By John Blau, IDG News Service
September 28, 2005

The world's governing soccer body, FIFA (Fdration Internationale de Football Association), is warning fans and others that its name is being abused in a global phishing scam.

Several lottery companies are sending unsolicited, official-looking e-mail around the globe, announcing that recipients have won a lottery and requesting personal data, including bank account information, for them to claim the prize money, FIFA said Tuesday in a statement.

Phishing attacks use spoofed e-mail and fraudulent Web sites to fool respondents into entering personal financial data such as credit card numbers, account user names, and passwords, which can then be used for financial theft or identity theft.

The lotteries claim to be organized on behalf of, or in association with, FIFA as well as the German organizers of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and their South African counterparts for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the association said.
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