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Don’t get scammed during the Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games have started – make sure cybercriminals don’t ruin your fantastic experience. 

Major sporting events like the Commonwealth Games can be a prime target for cybercriminals. Young and old alike get caught up in ‘Games fever’ and make you an easy target.

Cybercriminals pretend to be legitimate businesses and use their logos to con you into handing over your personal details.

One click is all malware needs!

Remember: Think before you click!

Watch out for dodgy messages

Scam emails and text messages are common ways cybercriminals trick people, and during the games, they are likely to be sent out far and wide to catch people out.

Be wary of any message you get that claims to be from the official Commonwealth Games or big-name sponsors. Scam messages from legitimate-looking organisations might offer free or heavily discounted tickets to the games, travel packages, or even games-related merchandise.

How you can stay safe

Here is some simple advice for you to protect yourself:

  • Never click on links in messages if you don’t know who the sender is or you weren’t expecting the email.
  • If a suspicious message looks like it’s from a legitimate company, contact the company directly to confirm it. Don’t use phone numbers or email addresses in the email; verify the correct contact details yourself through an online search or phone book.
  • Never provide personal information by reply email or through a link in a message, no matter how legitimate it seems.
  • Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date on all of your devices.

Only download official apps

Online apps can be useful at events for the latest news and information like live results, photo galleries, athlete biographies, and live streams.

A fake app made by a cybercriminal can bring a world of trouble. Once downloaded, these nasty apps can steal your personal information.

To protect yourself you should:

  • Only download apps through official app stores, such as the Apple Store and Google Play for Android phones and tablets.
  • Avoid installing apps from links in emails, social media, text messages and websites that look suspicious.
  • Check reviews and download counts, then think twice about downloading an app with poor reviews or one that is new to the store.
  • Visit the official website to find out further information about the official app.
  • Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date on your phone and tablet before installing the app.

More information

You can find out more about protecting your accounts and devices.

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