ICC warns cricket fans of potential financial scams during World Cup 2019
The governing body wants fans to beware of the possible scams they might get fished into.
Updated - Mar 1, 2019 6:15 pm
The International Cricket Council (ICC), the global governing body of the sport issued a warning for fans on Thursday against potential scams that might happen during the World Cup to be held in England and Wales from May 30. The apex body notified the cricket lovers that there is no competition, lottery or promotion associated with the upcoming men’s World Cup and to be aware of such scams.
ICC also issued a helpline number “0300 123 2040”, which is of Action Fraud Online, to report such frauds just in case anybody is approached by fraudsters via email or any mode in the UK. Any such person (if contacted in the UK) can report the issue by directly calling the helpline number. Any approaches outside of the UK should be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No such competition, lottery or promotion associated with ICC
“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@example.com. The ICC or CWC19 will never ask for confidential information of this kind from you in an email.”
It also said that such incidents have happened in the past during the major events when illegal scammers contact people via mail asking for person’s personal information, including their name, age, bank account and passport details in lieu of transferring the prize money to their bank accounts. Also, the cheater asks the victim to pay a small amount of fees to obtain the prize money.
Scammers contact people, usually via email
“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.