FIFA scam lures footy fans

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FIFA has warned users to be wary of a phishing campaign aimed at taking advantage of money-hungry football fans.

The official-looking emails claim to be from FIFA about a lottery program organized around the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The emails ask for personal details so that users can claim their prize.

"FIFA is concerned because these lotteries claim to be organized on behalf of, or in association with, FIFA, the 2006 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing Committee or the 2010 Local Organizing Committee," the organization said in a statement. "FIFA confirms that these lotteries have no connection with or authorisation from FIFA."

South Africa, Spain and the UK are being targeted by the email campaign but FIFA suspects their others arms may also be hit. Football's governing body has advised fans not to pass on any personal details to phishers.

The new FIFA attack arrives months after SC reported a variant of the Sober worm was luring football fans with the promise of World Cup tickets.

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