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Global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky has released a list of the top five scams related to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
The World Cup attracts the attention of millions of football fans around the world. Scammers take advantage of this critical period and use various techniques to monetize the interest of football fans.
In a recent blog post, Kaspersky shared the top five scams benefiting from World Cup Qatar 2022 after its experts analyzed World Cup-related phishing websites from around the world that steal users’ identities and banking information. are designed to do.
First, as match tickets for this year’s event are only available digitally, scammers have increasingly taken advantage of creating fraudulent websites to offer counterfeit tickets.
“Kaspersky experts have discovered a number of phishing pages selling tickets for FIFA matches. Needless to say, users of these sites will end up losing personal information, banking information and money,” the report said.
The second most common type of scam is counterfeit gifts. Kaspersky said his investigators found phishing pages offering the chance to win two World Cup tickets. “Often every user becomes a ‘lucky’ winner, who only has to pay delivery costs.”
A third type of scam involves stealing user data through fake FIFA-related merchandise stores. Scammers may be able to trick users into sharing their details or transferring money by offering them team T-shirts, phone cases featuring popular players, and autographed footballs.
The fourth category of scams related to the World Cup is crypto and NFT fraud. “A distinctive feature of the threat landscape on the eve of the 2022 World Cup is the active proliferation of various crypto scams, mostly leveraging the popularity of NFTs.” Kaspersky said.
These scams may ask users to bet on a match and win cryptocurrency or NFTs. They will ask users to enter crypto wallet credentials so that rewards can be transferred instantly. However, after obtaining the wallet credentials, the scammers will drain the user’s wallet and all savings.
“Another scheme is crypto investment fraud. Fraudsters actively create real coins and convince a user to invest in them by promising the victim potential currency growth. In reality, these are almost never successful and users have spent money on something that will never be developed,” the post read.
Finally, users should be aware of fake flights and accommodations. Kaspersky experts warned that phishing pages impersonating airlines offering tickets to Doha may try to trick users into entering their credit information.
Nevertheless, users are advised to double check a link before clicking and avoid using new, untrustworthy companies.