With the Olympic Games coming up in 2020, fraudsters are taking advantage of this global event and sending letters or emails alleging the recipient has won a large cash prize. Whilst the communication can include logos or branding that look official, they may also be badly written and contain mistakes. Invariably pressure will be placed upon the recipient to act urgently or the prize will be lost, and there may also be a warning not to tell anyone about the prize.
Such communications are a direct attempt to gather personal information from members of the public (known as ‘phishing’) that can then be used fraudulently or sold on to criminals. In other instances, once contact has been made, the perpetrator may ask for payment to process the ‘prize’. Read the full article.