Liverpool FC fans duped by phishing scam

You've won £500,000 in a special lottery! Simply give us your bank details!

Security experts are warning of a phishing scam claiming to be a lottery run by Liverpool Football Club. The emails were spammed out over the weekend informing recipients that they have won £500,000 in a special lottery organised by the club to celebrate having £20m left over at the end of the season.

"This email scam campaign is using the name of one of the world's greatest football clubs in an attempt to steal people's money and identities," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "Everyone should be suspicious if they are unexpectedly told that they have won a fortune. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

In order to claim their prize users have to give their name, address and bank details and are told to expect a cheque forthwith. It is not known how many people have fallen for the scam.

This is the second football related scam in two months; the previous one also used the lottery disguise and claimed to come from FIFA.

News source: vnunet

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All this Liverpool/Scouser hate is bordering on racism!

Come down to Liverpool and say it to our faces you...you...poo heads.

Ey. Calm down, calm down.

Anyone that gets duped by scams is probably deserving in my opinion. I've seen one or two slightly convincing phishing emails, but the vast majority are laughable.

And this is news because of what? There are also Microsoft lottery scams and Customs and Excise scams, but none of these make front page news... Why this?

I wonder if any member's here from liverpool that seems to point out the 'scammers' and 'free online space' got Scammed...sure is quiet...LOL

Just obtaining your account and your personal datas mustn't be enough to stolen money.

In my case, even when i give away my password, a scammers will not be able to transfer any money.

Lol, who the hell would be dumb enough to fall for this kind of scam.

Yes okay mysterious sender with funny email address. I will give you my name, address, and bank details so you can overcharge my account. Kthxbye.

Hello Spurs fan, nice to meet an ethnic minority at neowin.

Come on you Gunners!


We know it's a way of making money to buy Gareth Barry.


Too late we already signed him!

Wow, I didn't know human beings could sink so low as to use a football club for their illicit monetary gains :eek: !

Scirwode

Either you're being sarcastic and its not coming across, or you're forgetting about stupid ticket prices, ridiculous amounts of poorly priced merchandise and the amount of dodgy gambling accociated woth football. How could you not know! :P