Scammers and Spammers Target Rio Olympics 2016

By | May 17, 2016

Rio Olympics

A few years ago, spammers and scammers were not as interested in the Olympics as they were trying to target The World Cup and European Championships for football . By this year the number of spam messages devoted to the Olympic Games.

Security experts are warning Olympics fans to be on their guard ahead of the Rio Games this summer, Their are numerous of spam mail they have spotted. Spammers and scammers are running  phishing campaigns piggy-backing on interest in the event.

According to the Kaspersky Lab analysts Tatyana Shcherbakova and Andrey Kostin

The Spammers and Scammers have been ramping up their activities for a year, starting with fake lottery win notifications spoofed to come from the Brazilian government and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).


How Spammers were working

When victims are claiming their winning awards they were asking recipients to provide personal details – clearly a standard phishing tactic.

For this, Spammers are using newly registered domains,  They are booking  dozens of domains containing the keywords “rio” or rio2016” etc which are hosting “good quality imitations” of official ticketing sites.

According to the Shcherbakova and Kostin

The scammers register these domains to make their sites look more credible; for the same purpose, they often buy the cheapest and simplest SSL certificates. These certificates are registered within a few minutes, and certification authorities don’t verify the legal existence of the organisation that has issued the certificate. The certificates simply provide data transfer over a secure protocol for the domain and, most importantly, gives fraudsters the desired ‘https’ at the beginning of their address.

Fake Tickets Scam

They are also providing ticket booking portals, Users who input their card details into these sites are effectively giving cyber-criminals access to their bank accounts. They’ll be sent a confirmation that the payment has gone through and that the tickets will be sent a few weeks before the games, in order to keep them in the dark for even longer.

As a result, the criminals not only steal the victim’s money but deprive them of the chance of attending the Olympics – by the time they realize they won’t be getting the tickets they booked it will be too late to buy genuine tickets … especially if there’s no money in their bank account,” the blog continued.


  • Don’t trust on any mail which is coming related to lottery and prizes, check its authenticity to the official authority “rio” officials.
  • Don’t book any ticket from unofficial ticket vendor.

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