New Dehli – International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday warned the public to beware of fraudulent emails/winning notifications that ask personal details to give away cash rewards ahead of the World Cup.
Beware! This is just a scam. No such cash prizes or awards even exist. Scammers and internet fraudsters always try to get benefits from big sporting events like ICC Cricket World Cup or FIFA World Cup. Same type of scam emails carrying winning notifications struck the internet users just before and during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The International Cricket Council said scammers have been sending out emails to announce prizes supposedly won in sweepstakes and other competitions organised, pretending to be, by ICC.
Recipients are asked to provide bank account information and told to wire funds to a third-party bank account in order to facilitate their receipt of the award, the ICC said.
“The ICC wishes to place on record that neither does it conduct or authorise any such sweepstakes or prize promotions, nor does it appoint any third parties to do so,” the governing body said in a statement.
“Further, the ICC will never ask you to send or confirm personal information via e-mail or to wire funds to a bank account for award eligibility.”
The ICC said such emails should not be replied to and recipients should notify the local law enforcement agency.
Numerous competitions are being organised in the media and by businesses in the run-up to the World Cup which opens in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on February 19.