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Attention! Olympics Scam Roundup

SAFE members: The following security notice was taken from CyberHeist/News 7/31/2012. Events such as the Olympics represent a target rich opportunity for fraudsters. This short article will help provide information and guidance regarding some of the more common scams being reported.

SAFE Security Team

Olympics Scam Roundup

The bad guys are at it again! Please forward this to all employees, because it's rush hour with a host of Olympics-based scams.

Organizers have recorded 124 different scams so far but expect double or more. First, there is an "Invitation FACEBOOK - Olympic Torch" chain letter. It claims that your machine will be infected with malware but the whole thing is a hoax. Think before you click and do not forward.

Next, scammers prey on Olympics Mobile game players. Not long ago, organizers of this year’s Olympic Games released London 2012 – Official Mobile Game, a fun smartphone app for Android, iOS, and Blackberry users. But there are a few Russian websites claiming to be legitimate app markets and they host malware claiming to be the official London 2012 game. Be very careful downloading games for your smartphone.

Then, there is a blizzard of bogus Olympics-themed emails that try to steal money and/or information. They offer fake last-minute tickets, memorabilia, tell you that you have won an "Olympic lottery" or that you can sign up for temp jobs online and make some extra money. These scam emails use well-known brands, or even spoof the London Olympics. Delete all of these immediately.

Especially do not click on any emails with pictures or videos about the Olympics, because clicking on one of these has a very high chance to infect your workstation with malware. Even search results on Google could be infected links so be careful.

Last but not least, be particularly wary of text messages on your phone that claim a golden medal win, or something else 'exciting'. The safe way to get information about the Olympics online is to go their official website. Here is the link to their 'stay safe online' tips, which also list 70 websites that sell bogus tickets: Stay Safe Onlinel

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