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This year is the year of sporting fans. Over the past few months especially, they have had the opportunity to move from one big sporting event to the next with few gaps in-between. First, just before the summer break, sports fans enjoyed a full month of football with the European Championship in France, followed by the exciting and often dramatic moments of the Tour de France. And now their collective attention is already shifting towards Rio, which is hosting the 2016 Olympic Games.
Unfortunately, these large sporting events are also prime targets for fraudsters and cybercriminals. There have already been multiple reports of spam, scam and phishing campaigns orchestrated to take advantage of ecstatic fans – one such warning being published in our Euro 2016 post.
And the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are no exception – fraudsters are trying to lure unsuspecting victims into online ticketing deals that will leave them with neither money nor admission to the games.
To avoid this risk, we have prepared a short guide that will help fans obtain their tickets safely:
Remember, all events that attract the attention of masses of fans are juicy targets for cybercriminals. So don’t fall for their tricks, protect your devices and use official and safe channels to get your tickets. Otherwise you might end up empty handed, your money stolen and/or your sensitive information compromised. Enjoy the Olympics safely.
Author Ondrej Kubovič, ESET