The FIFA World Cup is set to kick off late next year in Qatar. 


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The FIFA World Cup is still more than a year away, but that’s not stopping cybercriminals from trying to use the hype surrounding the event to scam people.

Researchers for Kaspersky said Friday that between Aug. 15 and Oct. 15 of this year, they detected 11,000 phishing emails mainly containing scam invites to bid on contracts to supply goods or services for the World Cup. According to the researchers, this is a new tactic that’s not typical of sports-related fraud.

Other emails claimed that the recipient had been chosen to take part in a giveaway. In the cases of both these and the contract scams, the recipients were asked to pay a commission to participate but received nothing in return.

Some of the other phishing emails carried malicious attachments. The researchers also found…

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