The International Cricket Council on Thursday warned fans against potential scams, making it clear that there is no competition, lottery or promotion associated with the upcoming men’s World Cup in England, starting May 30.
“The ICC stress there is no such competition, lottery or promotion associated with ICC or the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, and that any approaches via e-mail in the UK should be reported to Action Fraud online here or by calling 0300 123 2040,” ICC said in a release.
“Approaches outside of the UK should be reported to [email protected] The ICC or CWC19 will never ask for confidential information of this kind from you in an email.”
The governing body said incidents of scams have always been reported during global events.
“Illegal scammers contact people, usually via email, claiming that they have won a cash prize via a lottery or competition and requiring the person to share a range of personal information, including their name, age, bank account and passport details. The victim is often asked to pay a fee to obtain the prize money,” ICC said.
The ICC also recommended some actions against fraud and noted the online resources which are available for victims of fraud.
Action Fraud recommendations:
- Never respond to any such communication. If you haven’t entered a lottery then you can’t have won it.
- We don’t know of any official lottery operators who ask for fees to collect winnings. Any request for a fee payment is a good indication that someone is trying to defraud you.
- Never, ever disclose your bank details or pay fees in advance.
- If an email address has been provided to respond to, be very suspicious of addresses such as @hotmail.com or @yahoo.com or numbers beginning with 07 because these are free to get hold of.
- Genuine lotteries thrive on publicity. If they ask you to keep your win a secret, it’s likely to be a fraud.
- Many fraudulent lotteries have bad spelling and grammar – see this as a warning that fraudsters are at work.