Many have been focusing on the Tokyo Olympics since it started on July 23rd. Be careful as scammers are also aiming at your wallet – with deliberately designed Olympic scams. Take a look at the 2 viral scams regarding the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and learn how to protect yourself:
Olympic ticket scams
Due to the pandemic, many people have to refund their tickets to the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Yet, suppose you have bought tickets via some non-official tickets service websites. In that case, there is no guarantee regarding refunds or other disputes. For example, customers have complained that they cannot get a refund from the website olympictickets2020.com:
Fake online streaming service
Are you looking to watch live streams of the exciting Olympic games? Be smart when choosing legitimate online streaming services! We have detected many dangerous websites that claim to offer free sports game streaming. Here are some examples:
These websites may look different, but the tactics behind the scam are similar. First, you have to register for the free online streaming service. Once you hit the “register” button, it will take you to other scam pages, including:
- Fake news sites hosting bogus investment / cryptocurrency opportunities.
- Fake dating sites containing explicit content and malicious browser notification pop-ups.
- Fake online survey pages asking for your personal information.
In short, scammers convince you to apply for the free Olympic games streaming, but what they want is to direct you to scam sites and steal from you there – your money or your identity. They can record the sensitive data you enter and use it to take control over your bank accounts or transfer all your money away. They can even create more carefully planned, convincing scams based on these credentials.
Other scam URLs to watch out for:
How to stay safe when you enjoy Tokyo Olympics 2020?
- Watch the Olympic games via trustful, legitimate platforms.
- Think twice before sending your personal data.
- Don’t click on links from unknown resources. Use Trend Micro Check for online safety on the go!
1. Trend Micro Check browser extension
After you pin the Trend Micro Check browser extension, it will block dangerous sites for you automatically:
2. Trend Micro Check on WhatsApp
Send a link of the website before your visit to Trend Micro Check on WhatsApp for immediate scam detection:
Or download Trend Micro Maximum Security for a broader range of protection, including Web Threat Protection, Ransomware Protection, Anti-phishing and Anti-spam Protection, Privacy Scanner for Facebook and Twitter, Social Networking Protection, and Parental Controls. Click the button below to give it a try:
Don’t let scammers ruin the fun watching this worldwide event. If you found this article helpful, please SHARE to protect your family and friends!
You Might Also Be Interested In...
Get all the latest cybersecurity news