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FIFA World Cup Scams: Don't fall for them

June 12, 2014 12:11 IST

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World Cup fans everywhere should watch out for free ticket scams, news service scams, and online streaming scams.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil set to make it huge online, scammers have kicked off efforts to target fans of the international soccer event.

Symantec has already identified several email scams and we expect to see attempts to target fans on social networks.

Free tickets to the 2014 World Cup

The most common scam around the World Cup involves free tickets.

After all, what fan would not want an all-expenses paid trip to Brazil?

Scammers know a dream come true is hard to pass up and circulate emails promising everything imaginable.

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Courtesy: Symantec 


Image: A boy wearing a jersey of Argentine star Lionel Messi walks on a street outside Independencia stadium before the start of the Argentine national team training session in preparation for 2014 World Cup in Belo Horizonte, June 11, 2014.
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Emails Symantec has identified in circulation contain a malicious zip file. Inside the zip file is an executable which, if executed, will allow your computer to be taken over by a remote administration tool (RAT) known as DarkComet.

Symantec protects customers against this malware with a Backdoor.Breut detection.

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Image: Scam email offers free tickets to 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Photographs: Symantec

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World Cup news and highlights

Besides free ticket enticements, news and highlight reels about World Cup teams and players can also be used to entice users to open up malicious attachments or click on malicious links.

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Image: A worker carries sweets next to the models of soccer players that are made of sweets at a bakery shop ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, on the outskirts of Kolkata June 11, 2014. The 2014 World Cup soccer tournament will be held in 12 cities in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.
Photographs: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters
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Emails are currently circulating about Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, a young star player with the Brazilian national team. The email contains a malicious word document that exploits a known vulnerability in Microsoft Word.

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Image: Scam email with malicious attachment targeting fans of Brazilian star Neymar
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Interest in players like Neymar and others like Argentinian national star Lionel Messi are used as the bait by scammers targeting victims, whether through email or social networking services.

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Image: Brazil's Neymar eyes the ball during his team's final practice in Sao Paulo one day before the opening match of the soccer World Cup between Brazil and Croatia June 11, 2014
Photographs: Damir Sagolj/Reuters

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Free online streams of World Cup matches

As we have observed in the past, once the World Cup begins, there will be scams circulating on social networks that claim to offer free live stream of various matches, especially the final games.

These scams may ask you to fill out a survey or download and install software before you can unlock access to the live stream. Be skeptical -- these enticements are just tricks to put money into the pockets of the scammers.

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Image: Argentina's Lionel Messi heads the ball during a training session in preparation for 2014 World Cup at Independecia stadium in Belo Horizonte, June 11, 2014.
Photographs: Sergio Perez/Reuters
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Tips to keep a 'clean sheet' against scammers:

  • Remember that free stuff is never free. If you receive an email or a link on a social network offering free tickets to the World Cup, recognise that it is most likely a scam
  • If you are interested in what is happening with your favourite World Cup teams or players, please visit the official news websites (Follow all the Fifa World Cup 2014 action here) for information and avoid randomly found or unknown sources
  • Looking to watch the World Cup games online? ESPN will offer live streams for subscribers in the United States and the BBC has streaming for the UK. Check your local service providers to see where and when you can catch World Cup games online
  • Be sure to have applied all the latest patches and security updates for your operating system and software applications. An up-to-date system is less vulnerable
  • Add extra safety with anti-virus protection

Image: Girls take a selfie photo on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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