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Symantec Warns Against Premier League Ticket Raffles

Symantec : 16 August, 2010  (Technical Article)
Bogus prize draws and raffles relating to free tickets for premier league football matches are a phishing hoax, warns Symantec
Symantec is warning fans of phishing scams that are targeting fans of the English football game worldwide.

Symantec has observed spam messages claiming that the user has won a pair of tickets for the 2010/11 Barclays Premier League in a draw that gives away tickets every 90 minutes until the end of the season. To claim the tickets, the user is instructed to click on a link provided in the message, that will redirect him or her to a phishing site that asks for banking details.

Spammers continue to get more and more creative in their promotion of bogus raffles that target major events or festive holidays. In the above example, by hosting fraudulent websites, a vast market of football enthusiasts is targeted. Although these tickets are in high demand, the supply should always be from a legitimate source and no hope should be placed in these dubious raffles that only have one winner (and, it's never you).

To minimise online risk, Symantec recommends the following:

1. Be suspicious of email that requests that you enter your account username and password.
2. Do not click on the link provided in the email and type the bank website's address into your Web browser manually.
3. Use the latest messaging security solutions from Symantec that fight unique spam and phishing attacks like the ones mentioned above.
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