Rugby ‘lottery’ ticket scam

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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