Global cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has published a list of the top five scams related to the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The World Cup attracts the attention of millions of football fans from all over the world. Taking advantage of this critical period of time, scammers use various tricks to monetize the interest of football fans.
In a recent blog post, Kaspersky Lab shared five of the biggest scams based on the Qatar 2022 World Cup after its experts analyzed World Cup-related phishing websites from around the world designed to steal identification and banking data of users.
First, because tickets for this year’s matches are only available digitally, scammers are increasingly capitalizing on the creation of fraudulent websites offering fake tickets.
“Kaspersky’s experts have discovered a lot of phishing pages with the aim of selling tickets for FIFA matches. Of course, users of these sites will lose personal data, bank details and money, ”the message says.
The second most common scam is fake gifts. Kaspersky Lab said its researchers found phishing pages offering a chance to win two tickets to the World Cup. “Often, each user becomes the “lucky one” who only needs to pay for shipping.”
The third type of fraud is the theft of user data through fake FIFA-related merchandise stores. Fraudsters can trick users into sharing their details or transferring money by offering team jerseys, phone cases with popular players, and autographed soccer balls.
The fourth category of FIFA World Cup-related scams are cryptocurrency and NFT scams. “A distinctive feature of the threat landscape in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup has been the active spread of various crypto-scammers, mainly using the popularity of NFTs.” Kaspersky said.
These scammers may ask users to place a bet on a match and win cryptocurrency or NFTs. They will ask users to enter their crypto wallet credentials in order for the prize to be transferred directly. However, scammers will empty users’ wallets and all savings as soon as they get the wallet credentials.
“Another scheme is cryptocurrency investment fraud. Fraudsters actively create real coins and convince the user to invest in them, promising the victim potential currency growth. “, the message says.
After all, users should be aware of fake flights and hotels. Kaspersky Lab experts have warned that phishing pages imitating the services of airlines offering tickets to Doha could try to trick users into entering their credit information.
However, it is best for users to check the link before clicking on it and avoid using new, unreliable companies.