Star Wars fans are eagerly counting down the days until the release of the latest movie in the saga on December 17th in the UK, but that excitement could be reduced if they fall victim to the dark side of cyber security.
As the Force Awakens hype builds to feverish levels, scammers have taken advantage of fan excitement for a chance to steal people’s details. Fans need to be aware of scam emails that are offering them free tickets to see the movie on opening night. The email at first glance appears to be genuine, it even has an official Star Wars logo and a link to the movie's trailers. These little touches are an effective way of tricking recipients into believing that the promotion is indeed real.
Victims of the scam have reported that they were taken to a phony website that asks them to fill in a survey in order for them to be in with a chance of winning movie tickets. In reality, the survey is endless and is designed to get as much private information out of a victim as possible until they eventually give up in frustration. Naturally no tickets are won, instead the scammer will have got hold of the victims’ name, address, sex, phone number and if the victim was particularly naïve their credit card details.
With those details in the scammer’s possession, the victim will then experience annoying phone calls and/or spam emails as their details have been sold on the Dark Web. By having the details the calls and emails can appear to be legit as they will use the information for spear phishing campaigns and other scams.
If the victim gave out their card details they are advised to contact their bank and tell them to keep an eye out for any out of character transactions with a particular focus on unknown charges for bogus offers.
Scammers and cyber criminals often use hot topics to find victims so be vigilant and be aware of the dark side of cyber.