Increase in 2010 scam spam

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The scams first surfaced two years ago, but they are now growing in frequency.

“Traditionally, 419 spammers used the premise of unclaimed riches to lure their victims, but now they have also started using the World Cup as a ruse to entrap their victims,” the report says.

The fraudsters request e-mail recipients to download an attachment which is reportedly a winning lottery ticket notification.

The document claims the draw is sponsored by British American Tobacco.

The “winner” is then urged to provide personal information to claim the prize.

FIFA, Interpol and the SA Police Services have regularly warned the public to ignore these e-mails.