(LiveHacking.Com) – As the countdown to the 2012 London Olympics continues security researchers at McAfee have re-iterated their call for vigilance as spammers and scammers attempt to trick unsuspecting users with Olympic related emails and offers. McAfee has collected a large sample of Olympic related lottery and sweepstakes spam message which tempt users to pass over private and confidential information in return for cash prizes. The scammers ask for details such as passport information, national ID numbers, or driver’s license details. Once this personal information has been collected, identity theft is almost guaranteed.
“These mails inform the recipients that they have won a substantial amount of money. After contacting the lottery manager, the victims of these rip-offs will be asked to pay ‘processing fees’ or ‘transfer charges’ so that the winnings can be distributed,” wrote Francois Paget.
It is expected that the number of attacks and volume of spam will increase as the opening ceremony draws near. As well as identity theft these schemes can also be used to spread malware, especially banking trojans. All email users should exercise caution when following links in Olympic related emails.
Here is a sample of the emails collected by McAfee: