Not surprisingly, the Rugby World Cup scams have started, with users around gthe world receiving a notification that they have won big in a fictitious lottery.

These scams follow hot on the heels of others that take advantage of the unrest in Libya, the devastating March 2011 earthquake in Japan and other events, according to the Symantec blog of Nick Johnston.

A 419 or advance fee scam works by promising the recipient a vast sum of money – but, before any money is paid, various (and increasingly inventive) up-front fees are demanded until the victim realises he’s been duped and gives up.

Needless to say, the promised vast sums of money never materialise.

The latest scam claims that the recipient has been awarded $2,5-million in a lottery connected with the 2011 Rugby World Cup: