Ausralians were warned of scammers who, taking advantage of the World Cup hype, were sending false text messages to announce the winning of millions of dollars in a lottery.
Victorian Consumer Affairs Minister Tony Robinson says people should not be fooled by a so-called "FIFA World Cup" text, which invites recipients to claim prizes of more than 5 million dollars by contacting an overseas email address or mobile phone number.
Robinson said if consumers respond to the text they are asked for their email address and are sent a form requesting personal financial information before they can claim their alleged winnings.
"This bogus lottery is nothing more than a scam designed to get your personal and financial details, leaving you open to fraud and identity theft," the Herald Sun quoted him as warning.
"Don't be fooled - you can't win a lottery you never entered. The only people making money from these so-called lotteries are the fraudsters trying to scam you," he added.