Rugby ‘lottery’ ticket scam
THAMES Valley Police and World Rugby are warning fans to be vigilant regarding a growing number of scams in the form of fake lotteries or sweepstakes.
The scams claim to be connected with or authorised by Rugby World Cup 2015, Rugby World Cup Limited ( RWCL) and/or World Rugby.
Fans are being contacted in the name of, or using trademarks associated with, RWCL, Rugby World Cup 2015 and/or World Rugby (formerly known as the International Rugby Board).
Most of the scams are sent as emails. Some correspondence falsely informs people that they have won a competition through an automated ballot.
Prizes are supposedly being awarded in a range of currencies that include pounds, dollars and rand, and can be claimed following the payment of an administrative fee, or by submitting personal details to an unofficial email address.
Other scam correspondence tells people that they have won tickets to Rugby World Cup 2015 matches, with ‘winners’ getting the chance to travel to England and Wales to watch the Rugby World Cup 2015 tournament.
Three Rugby World Cup 2015 matches will be taking place in Bucks at stadiummk in Milton Keynes in early October.
World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “RWCL and World Rugby wish to assure people that we do not run any form of lottery or sweepstake connected to any of its events or properties, including Rugby World Cup 2015.
“Fan experience is at the heart of what promises to be a special Rugby World Cup and we urge fans to be vigilant and contact Action Fraud immediately if any fraudulent activity is suspected.”
The Rugby World Cup final will take place on Saturday, October 31.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the online fraud reporting tool at www.actionfraud.police. uk.
If you want to buy tickets, the website also has tips on how to avoid being scammed when buying them.