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Rise in World Cup related phishing scams expected

Web users urged: buy tickets from FIFA registered sellers

Symantec is warning football fans to be wary of purchasing tickets online for next year's World Cup, following England's qualification for the tournament last week.

The security firm revealed it expects a huge rise in World Cup-related spam and phishing attacks in the run up to and during the 2010 football World Cup Finals in South Africa.

Symantec said cybercriminals see high profile sporting events as a "prime opportunity".

"As time draws near fans become increasingly likely to take risks and purchase tickets through unauthorised channels or believe the promises in unsolicited emails," said Candid Wueest, from Symantec.

"This can not only land fans with useless counterfeit tickets, but also lead to the theft of their credit card details and fund organised crime. Analysis of spam and phishing attacks around major events in the past has shown an increase in such themed attacks."

Symantec urged web users to only purchase tickets from FIFA registered sellers and avoid deals that sound too good to be true, as they probably are.

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See also: ITV gives FA Cup final the Twitter treatment


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