Watch out for phishing attacks about Summer Olympics in Rio
There’s been a spike in phishing attacks involving the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and IT Security expects it to get worse in the coming months.
It’s possible you’ll come across a malicious email, a phishing link, a fake advertisement, or a fake website purporting to sell tickets. There are also scams going around claiming that recipients have won Rio-related lotteries.
As with any other major event, criminals are going to exploit the Summer Olympics with scams. Remember to use a healthy dose of skepticism for anything you receive by email, text or voicemail. Always ask yourself, "Could this be a scam?"
Here are examples of possible scams:
- Emails with .doc or PDF attachments for tickets or other special offers related to Rio.
- Advertising banners on websites that are poisoned and infect your workstation if you click on them.
- Scam phone calls trying to sell you Rio-related travel or products.
- Clickbait-style links to controversial Rio-related videos or claims that the whole event will be moved because of the Zika virus.
- Fake websites that claim they will sell you cheap tickets to the event.
These are just a few examples; the possibilities for scams are endless. So stay alert and remember to think before you click.
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Published Jun 14, 2016