Previous major sporting events have also been targeted in this way. Illegal scammers contact people, usually via email, claiming that they have won a cash prize via a lottery or competition and requiring the person to share a range of personal information, including their name, age, bank account and passport details. The victim is often asked to pay a fee to obtain the prize money.
The ICC stress there is no such competition, lottery or promotion associated with ICC or the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 and that any approaches via email in the UK should be reported to Action Fraud online here or by calling 0300 123 2040. Approaches outside of the UK should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ICC or CWC19 will never ask for confidential information of this kind from you in an email.
Online resources are available to give advice if you have received a similar correspondence or have responded to a potential scam. If you are unsure whether you have been a victim of fraud, you can find more information on the correct action for and how to protect yourself here or contact your local authorities.
Action Fraud recommendations:
- Never respond to any such communication. If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.
- We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.
- Never, ever disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance.
- If an email address has been provided to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
- Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret, it’s likely to be a fraud.
- Many fraudulent lotteries have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work.
More information on how to spot and stop fraud has been provided by the UK Government and can be found here at Take Five.