2018 FIFA World Cup: how to avoid email scams

by Ugnius Kiguolis - -

Users should be aware of an increase in FIFA World Cup scams

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia scam

As the host country of 2018 FIFA World Cup has been announced, experts warn that there is a significant increase in email scams that try to prove their relation to FIFA World Cup Russia or even 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar. Unfortunately, these are merely tricks to lure people into giving their personal details.

Usually, computer users are asked to fill a form with sensitive data, like credit card details, passport copies, telephone number, address, etc. This information is later used to generate illegal profits, steal money from people bank accounts and lead to financial losses.

The official statement from FIFA organization clearly states that they have no relation to any of such emails[1]:

FIFA strongly advises the public to treat any correspondence concerning lottery draws, tenders or competitions with suspicion and extreme caution and urges people not to provide any personal or financial details if requested to do so.

FIFA World Cup Russia scam claims that the user has won £1 million

The most recent fraud is 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia scam which reaches users via fraudulent emails. Criminals claim that this particular email was selected from 500 thousand others and won £1 million[2]. People are warned that they have 30 days to claim the prize or it will be forfeited. 

Scammers also include some fake details to make the email look legitimate:

Stated below are your winning Details:
WINNING NUMBER: 20, 14, 30, 45, 18, 50
REFERENCE NUMBER: REF2018/44.B2.
SECURITY CODE: BUK/4490.

Additionally, the letter includes a telephone number and email address to contact Mr. Alex, the supposed contact person to receive the prize. Users must state the security code in the subject line and send the following information:

  1. Full Name;
  2. Residential Address;
  3. Country;
  4. Mobile/Fax number;
  5. Occupation;
  6. Age;
  7. Male/Female;
  8. Marital Status;
  9. Attached Copy of International passport;
  10. Winning Numbers;

Once the scam was detected, FIFA[3] immediately replied that they are not connected to the lottery in any way, and such fraudulent emails should be reported to the local authorities:

FIFA reiterates that any such correspondence has no connection with or authorisation from FIFA and is in no way related to the 2014, 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup™ tournaments, nor any other FIFA events, following previous media releases on this topic dating back to 2005 and 2007 and 2010.

Learn how to avoid becoming the victim of FIFA World Cup scam

Here is an easy guide which should help you identify FIFA World Cup and other scams:

  1. Offers that seem too good to be true and propose half-price tickets are usually fake;
  2. Buy tickets only from official websites as suggestions to get them cheaper might lead to purchasing fake ones;
  3. All demands to submit personal information via email are identifications of a scam[4];
  4. Be aware that some of the unreliable websites might also use HTTP Secure/HTTPS connection, so you must double check the page before trusting it[5].

Prevent websites, ISP, and other parties from tracking you

Private Internet Access is a VPN that can prevent your Internet Service Provider, the government, and third-parties from tracking your online and allow you to stay completely anonymous. The software provides dedicated servers for torrenting and streaming, ensuring optimal performance and not slowing you down. You can also bypass geo-restrictions and view such services as Netflix, BBC, Disney+, and other popular streaming services without limitations, regardless of where you are.

A VPN is also crucial when it comes to user privacy. Online trackers such as cookies can not only be used by social media platforms and other websites but also your Internet Service Provider and the government. Even if you apply the most secure settings via your web browser, you can still be tracked via apps that you are connected to the internet. Besides, privacy-focused browsers like Tor is are not an optimal choice due to diminished connection speed.

Therefore, to stay completely anonymous and prevent the ISP and the government from spying on you, you should employ Private Internet Access VPN. It will allow you to connect to the internet while being completely anonymous, prevent trackers, ads, as well as malicious content. Most importantly, you will prevent the illegal surveillance activities that NSA and other governmental institutions are performing behind your back.

 

Recover your lost files quickly

Unforeseen circumstances can happen at any time while using the computer: it can turn off due to a power cut, a Blue Screen of Death (BSoD) can occur, or random Windows updates can decide to reboot the machine when you went away for a few minutes. As a result, your schoolwork, important documents, and other data might be lost.

Additionally, you might also be attacked by malware that can corrupt your Windows or encrypt files with a robust encryption algorithm, and ask for a ransom in Bitcoin for the decryption tool. Cybercriminals might not deliver what they promised, however, so it is better to attempt alternative file recovery methods that could help you to retrieve at least some portion of the lost data.

Data recovery software is one of the options that could help you recover your files. Once you delete a file, it does not vanish into thin air – it remains on your system as long as no new data is written on top of it. Data Recovery Pro is recovery software that searchers for working copies of deleted files within your hard drive. By using the tool, you can prevent loss of valuable documents, school work, personal pictures, and other crucial files.

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Ugnius Kiguolis
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Ugnius Kiguolis is the founder and editor-in-chief of UGetFix. He is a professional security specialist and malware analyst who has been working in IT industry for over 20 years.

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