Free Tickets Scam: How It Works
We are not talking about the fictive Craigslist guy whose wife is 9-months pregnant and is trying to sell you his tickets if you wire him the money. Everybody should know about the ‘wiring money before getting the goods’ scam by now. Let’s take a look at a different one.
We are using the screenshot above for the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament, but the scam is prevalent for all the other major sports events, including the Superbowl and FIFA World Cup of soccer.
Scammers send an e-mail claiming to be on behalf of the official sponsor of the tournament (HSBC is Wimbledon’s major sponsor) and advertise phony contests to “Get your free ticket here”. For Superbowl, you might receive an official-looking email from ‘Budweiser’.
By clicking the link, you are asked for your personal information, including your credit card, for “security purposes”, in order to receive your prize. Because the email contains the bank’s logo and looks very official, thousands of victims fall for this.
Free Tickets Scam: How To Avoid
Whenever you receive this kind of e-mail, go to the sponsor’s real website, but not by clicking on the link provided. Type it in your browser and open their official page to look for that contest. Don’t forget that when looking for tickets, you should always rely on the most reputable companies.
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