Trend Micro Warns of Two World Cup Scams

Wednesday May 26th 2010 by Kara Reeder
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Two related scams are trying to capitalize on this summer's World Cup tournament in South Africa.

As usual, scammers are making use of current events to snooker users. V3.co.uk reports that Trend Micro is warning of two related scams that are designed to capitalize on this summer's World Cup tournament in South Africa.

The first comes via a .doc e-mail attachment telling recipients of a competition run in part by the FIFA Organizing Committee and offering a $550,000 prize. The second scam is a poorly written e-mail with a PDF attachment that tries to get the user to give up fund transfer banking information in order to get their 30 percent share of a non-existent $10.5 million jackpot.

Says Gelo Abendan, of Trend Micro's technical comms team, in a blog post:

Both scams do not directly ask for cash. Instead, they request for information or for the recipients to coordinate with a fake contact accompanied by a call to action to send in their contact details.

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