Star Wars Fans Could Experience the Dark side Of Cyber Security


07 Dec 2015

Star Wars Fans Could Experience the Dark side Of Cyber Security

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.

For the latest PGI updates like our pages on LinkedIn –   PGI,   PGI Cyber  and Facebook pages–  PGI,  PGI Cyber,   you can also follow   PGI  and   PGI Cyber  on Twitter

Share this article

Contact us

Call us now to discuss your requirements with one of our consultants.

Contact us today

Related News

CISMP, CISSP and CISM - what's in an acronym?

20 Mar 2017

There is a wide range of different security courses available, and a mind-boggling array of...

Watch Video

International Womens Day - Pioneering Women in Tec...

08 Mar 2017

Pioneering Women in Technology – Katherine JohnsonThe Oscar season has been and...

Watch Video

Law Firms and why they need cyber security

06 Mar 2017

Suffering a data breach can be devastating for any company but for law firms the impacts can be...

Watch Video
Back to the News Hub

Follow us

+44 (0)207 887 2699
©2017 PGI - Protection Group International Ltd. All rights reserved.
PGI - Protection Group International Ltd is registered in England & Wales, reg. no. 07967865
Registered address: Cascades 1, 1190 Park Avenue, Aztec W, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4FP