Olympic-sized scams could be in your email inbox or mailbox.
Fraudulent companies claiming to be associated with London 2012 are sending emails and letters stating that recipients have won an Olympic lottery. The fraudulent notifications encourage you to provide personal bank information and dish out cash to claim the prize.
The emails and letters can come from manufacturing companies asking for cash for Olympic items and even emails or letters from anonymous senders informing recipients that they can pay a fee to apply for a job involved with the Olympic Games.
London 2012 is advising consumers that they will only ever use a secure website to collect personal banking information. Do not click on anything without searching for a secure padlock symbol in the browser window. If the address is from the official London 2012 site, the website address will begin with ‘https://’ and will include the official London 2012 title, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd., or another official site title associated with the organizing committee.
If a secure padlock isn’t visible, or an official London 2012 site is not named, do not continue.
You can download all known scams from london2012.com and click on “Stay safe online” on the lower-right corner of the site for more scams and tips to avoid them.