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Ticket Scam warnings for world cup fans

Symantec : 15 September, 2009  (Technical Article)
England's qualification for the South African world cup in 2010 is likely to result in a torrent of spam and malware relating to fake ticket sales and phoney deals warns Symantec
England fans may still be nursing their hangovers after their team's qualification for the World Cup, but the scramble for South Africa 2010 tickets could lead to supporters handing over hard-earned money to cybercriminals unless they take care online, warns Symantec.

Symantec, the world's leading security software company, has predicted a huge rise in World Cup-related spam and phishing attacks in the run up to, and during, the 2010 football World Cup Finals in South Africa. High profile sporting events are a prime opportunity for cybercriminals to exploit fans' enthusiasm to secure tickets through increased spam and phishing activity.

"As time draws near fans become increasingly likely to take risks and purchase tickets through unauthorised channels or believe the promises in unsolicited emails. This can not only land fans with useless counterfeit tickets, but also lead to the theft of their credit card details and fund organised crime," said Candid Wueest, from Symantec. "Analysis of spam and phishing attacks around major events in the past has shown an increase in such themed attacks."

Falling foul of these cybercriminals can be avoided by following Symantec's simple best practice steps:

* If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is - Many criminals use extravagant promises to lure victims into clicking through to malicious sites and divulge personal information

* Never click on links from emails - Links can contain viruses or Trojans or direct users to infected websites

* Buy only from FIFA registered sellers - FIFA has a strict code of conduct on all outlets and these are the only places fans should look to buy tickets
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