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:

These are just a few examples; the possibilities for scams are endless. So stay alert and remember to think before you click.

Questions or comments?

Do you have a security-related question or suggestion or want to comment on this article? Contact the IT security officer.

Published Jun 14, 2016

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