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World Cup phishing scam discovered by McAfee spreading online

As millions of people around the world tune into the World Cup, cyberscammers are placing their bets on World ...


June 16, 2010  


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As millions of people around the world tune into the World Cup, cyberscammers are placing their bets on World Cup phishing scams.

 

McAfee says it recently discovered a new lottery-themed scam that makes the e-mail recipient believe that they have won US$1 million as part of a weekly promotion.  

 

“What’s alarming is the scam doesn’t initially ask for the common elements that phishing scams typically ask for: credit card number, CVV, PIN number, etc. In an effort to make the ploy seem more credible they wait to ask for personal information but do request your phone number, McAfee said in a release.

 

Experts have seen a significant uptick in this scam, and warn consumers to be careful when entering World Cup related lotteries.

 

Subject lines of the fake email include “winner – fifa world cup online draw,” and “winner – fifa world cup online draw.”