Following the announcements of the host countries for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ and 2022 FIFA World Cup™, FIFA has been alerted to a growing number of e-mails and scams fraudulently claiming to be associated or linked with the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and/or the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar™.
These scams generally inform recipients that they have been selected as lottery prize winners and have won substantial sums of money, or invite recipients to submit a tender. Recipients are then persuaded to submit personal information or to part with money as an upfront payment, or forward money to enable them to enter the tender process.
FIFA strongly advises the public to treat any correspondence concerning lottery draws, tenders or competitions with suspicion and extreme caution and urges people not to provide any personal or financial details if requested to do so.
FIFA reiterates that any such correspondence has no connection with or authorisation from FIFA and is in no way related to the 2014, 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, nor any other FIFA events, following previous media releases on this topic dating back to 2005 and 2007 and 2010.
All fraudulent scams should be forwarded to your local authorities for handling.