On December 18, the final of the World Cup between the teams of Argentina and France will take place. This is a huge event that will be followed by millions of fans around the world. According to FIFA president Gianni Infantino, this championship is going to be the most-watched tournament in history.
Considering the amount of attention surrounding this event, scammers will try to use it to steal valuable personal data or money. Kaspersky experts have explored the issue and found several scams devoted to the FIFA world football championship.
Considering the huge popularity of the FIFA World Cup and the number of football fans globally, it’s easy to imagine the level of the hype around any ticket purchases - and not everyone will manage to get one.
Stadium Lusail, where the final will be hosted, is the biggest stadium in Qatar and has a capacity of 88,966 spectators. Given the limited number of places, scammers will use this chance to sell fake tickets. According to these examples, the cost of such tickets can be up to US $4,000.
With such high prices, fans need to be extremely vigilant and pay attention to the webpage where they are going to buy tickets. The safest way is to buy tickets on the official FIFA websites to mitigate the risk of facing scammers.
The FIFA final always attracts the attention of gambling fans around the world. People place bets hoping to guess the winning team or the score that will end the match and hit a big jackpot. Fraudsters have wasted little time in trying to take advantage of the excitement of fans by creating fake sweepstakes.
They have created face betting pages, where fans are asked to send an SMS with the winning team or best player. Thus, the victim’s number gets added to the database of scammers so they can contact the victim in the future in other schemes, or sell their data on the darknet, etc.
“Such large international events inevitably attract a variety of scammers, who skillfully take advantage of people’s trust. The related scams can take a number of diverse forms – from the sale of fake tickets to sports betting. In such cases, fans should be as vigilant as possible, as we know there is no such thing as a free lunch. A reliable security solution can also be a good option to help weed out fraudulent schemes and keep personal data protected,” comments Olga Svistunova, Web Content analyst at Kaspersky.
To avoid scams, save money and keep personal data private, Kaspersky experts share some simple tips: