The 2014 FIFA World Cup starts in just over two weeks in Sao Paulo, Brazil and while everybody gets ready for kick off, cyber criminals have already started preying on soccer fans all over the world.

To help you stay protected and avoid world cup-related scams, anti-virus specialists and malware hunters at Kaspersky Labs have provided a few tips for users.

1. Always double-check the webpage before entering any of your credentials or confidential information. Phishing sites are deliberately designed to look authentic.

2. Although websites with the ‘https’ prefix are more secure than those with ‘http’, this does not mean such websites can be fully trusted. Cybercriminals are successfully obtaining legitimate SSL certificates.

3. Generally, be wary of messages you receive from unknown senders. Avoid clicking on links in e-mails from sources you are not absolutely sure about, and do not download and open attachments received from untrusted sources.

4. Make sure you have up-to-date anti-malware protection installed that blacklists phishing websites.

A common scam you may come across is one where a personalised email is sent to you to inform you that you have won tickets to the World Cup.  The messages – which include your full name, date of birth, and full address taken from an unknown database – have a PDF attached purporting to be a winning ticket, but are actually Trojan bankers

You can read up on more about other World Cup scams and malware on SecureList.

[Source – Kaspersky Labs. Image – SecureList]