Early this month, we had warned our readers about various FIFA World Cup scams. And as the football fever is rising frantically, hackers are now using fake online streaming services as the ultimate bait to trick fans into installing adware, spyware, Trojans and other malware on their devices.
While many of us get to catch the action live, others turn to online streaming services to watch their favorite teams collide with one another. And hackers are well aware of this. On the Internet, there are several websites that claim to provide free and paid services to stream matches of the FIFA World Cup 2014. The world would have been such a better place for all football fans if these websites were genuine. But sadly, they are not. It has been reported that most of these websites are fake and designed to siphon money or personal information from unaware fans.
When you visit any of these sites to watch a live football match, you will be asked to download certain drivers, plugins, or free software on your computer. And if you download any of these software, you could be letting a spyware get into your system that will steal your personal information and send it across to third parties. In other scenarios, you might be asked to provide your credit card information before you can stream live matches or watch the highlights.
Points to Remember to Avoid World Cup Scams
– After Brazil, the safest place to watch the World Cup matches is your television set.
– If you do come across any website that claims to offer services to stream the World Cup matches, run a thorough research on the authenticity of the website.
– Beware of emails offering you downloadable files or links which can help you stream football matches.
– Do not respond to ads claiming to offer streaming services for the World Cup.
To sum this up, if you are signing up for any online service related to the World Cup, think twice before giving away your personal or financial information, or downloading any free or unwanted software.