Bogus 2010 lotto award warning

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pretoria - Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) have issued a statement warning members of the public about a hoax e-mail making the rounds.

The so-called "2010 World Cup Bid International Lottery Award" is an email currently circulating giving people the impression that they have won US$2.1 million.

"While SRSA plays a key role with regards to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it is neither running any competition nor supporting any agency running a competition relating to 2010 World Cup or the Lottery," the statement read.

The bogus competition claims that participants were selected through a computer based ballot system draw from over seven million telephone directories from all over the world.

SRSA also urged South Africans to be careful of cyber criminals that try to lure people into buying non-existent 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup tickets

"The department wishes to also add its voice in urging South Africans to be vigilant and only transact with official ticketing websites and over the counter facilities provided," SRSA said.