Qatar 2022: five most popular cyber-scams related to the World Cup

The World Cup of Soccer of 2022 organized by the FIFA in Qatar will start on Sunday, November 20 and, in addition to attracting millions of followers from all over the world, it also concentrates the interest of cybercriminals looking to make quick money.

The World Cup in Qatar 2022 has not yet started, but already stars in different phishing websites designed to steal bank details and passwords from users, as analysts from the cybersecurity company Kaspersky have alerted.

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The experts of this company have found fake pages that offer everything from tickets or event merchandise to match viewing services, as well as NFT scams that exploit the pull of the Soccer World Cup.

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false entries They are the most used bait to attract victims. And the fact that Qatar 2022 only sells tickets in digital format has increased the risk of encountering malicious programs.

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Kaspersky experts have discovered numerous phishing pages offering to buy tickets for FIFA matches. Users who take the bait will lose, in this case, their personal and bank details and money. Furthermore, scammers will be able to use that information for other malicious purposes, or sell it on the darkweb.

The experts also found Phishing websites offering the chance to win two World Cup tickets. This is quite a popular scam, where every user turns out to be the “lucky” winner. You will only have to pay the fee for the delivery of the tickets, money that will go to the scammers.

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Another way to steal user data is as bait the merchandising of the FIFA stores. Offers on favorite team jerseys, phone cases with the most popular players or signed balls are a good claim, but after entering the data and transferring the money for the purchase, fans will lose both the information and the money itself to hands of scammers.

A distinctive feature of the threat landscape on the eve of the 2022 World Cup is the spread of crypto scamsmostly exploiting the popularity of non-fungible or NFT tokens.

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Some Internet sites propose to bet money on a game in order to earn cryptocurrency or digital artwork. Another type of fraud is that of crypto investments. Scammers create real currencies and convince the user to invest in them with the promise of growth in value.

The absence of the limitations imposed by the pandemic will cause the World Cup to be the scene of many events with face-to-face spectators, in which thousands of tourists will participate those days in Qatar, something that has not gone unnoticed by scammers.

Kaspersky experts have observed numerous Phishing pages posing as airlines with tickets to Dohain which once the flight details have been entered, the user must enter their personal data, passport or ID and bank information.

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From Kaspersky they have observed “a wide variety of fraudulent methods used” on the occasion of the World Cup in Qatar 2022. Scammers have gotten very creative”, says Kaspersky cybersecurity expert Olga Svistunova.

To avoid falling victim to a cyber scam, Kaspersky experts advise check the links in the messages they receive before clicking on them and pay attention to the information they request, as “Legitimate companies don’t drop in unexpectedly via email or ask for personal or banking information like credit cards, social security numbers, etc.”.

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It is also recommended check grammar and spelling of the messages, and use a security solution that detects malicious attachments and blocks phishing pages.

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