The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is warning people to beware of spammers trying to cash in on World Cup fever.
The regulatory body has reports of various scams purporting to be linked to the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament that offer substantial cash prizes. If recipients attempt to claim the prize they are asked to provide bank details and other personal information.
“Spam scammers increasingly are framing their messages around topical events, such as the World Cup,” ACMA Chairman, Chris Chapman, said in a statement. “These types of messages typically come in waves, and play on a person’s topical interest in the event as a hook.”
“The best defence against SMS spam is to ignore the message and forward it to “Spam SMS” by SMS on 0429 999 888 or report it online at ACMA’s spam website
The ACMA claims it has received only a small number of reports of the World Cup messages to date, but it is urging consumers to beware as numbers are likely to increase.
Some of the scams ACMA is aware of include:
- Congratulations from Fifa (sic) World Cup Promo you won $1,000,000.00 contact our agent to claim your prize Mr Fred Samuel Email: (email address)
- Your mobile number has won $100,000 and to watch the finals live at the FIFA WORLD CUP PROMO REF: SA3T10.send email to (email address) or call: (phone number)
- This is to confirm your cell have won US$5.8M for FIFA 2010 International Award. To claim contact Mrs. Martins via: (email address)