Attorney General Alerts

    Scammers Going for the Gold This Summer


    July 20, 2016

    The 2016 Summer Olympics are coming up, and many Arkansans are eagerly waiting to watch the events from the comfort of their own homes. Even though many of us are not making the trip to Rio de Janeiro, con artists are still looking for ways to scam fans.

    Scammers are using phishing attacks to solicit sensitive, personal information through email. At first it appears to be a legitimate advertisement, even using terms like “Rio” or “Rio2016,” but do not click on any links or open any attachments in unsolicited emails because they could contain malware, which can steal log in information, as well as expose you to identity theft.

    Meanwhile, some scammers are sending fake emails saying the recipient has won the Olympics lottery, including a grand prize of a trip to Brazil to watch the summer games. But remember it is a scam if you never entered the contest. You cannot win a lottery you never entered.

    Another scam that could reach those Olympic fans staying stateside is counterfeit merchandise. Scammers try to capitalize on Americans’ desire to show team spirit by advertising clothing or Olympic souvenirs. Make sure the website is a legitimate Olympic retailer, and use a credit card instead of a debit card to make any online purchases because it offers additional protections.

    Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued today’s consumer alert to help Arkansans to not fall victim to any of these scams.

    “Many Arkansans plan to show their support for Team U.S.A. in the coming weeks,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “It is critical though that we all remember to be smart consumers and protect our personal and financial information.”

    Attorney General Rutledge released the following tips to help spot fake websites and emails about this summer’s Olympic Games:

    • Check the page for bad grammar and spelling mistakes.
    • Do not move forward with the transaction if they only take payment through online currency or wire transfers.
    • Use caution if the offer sounds too good to be true.
    • Review the site’s privacy policy before submitting any personal or financial information.
    • Read the comments and reviews section and take note of negative feedback.

    For more information on steps to take if your identity has been stolen and other consumer-related issues or to file a consumer complaint, contact the Attorney General's office at (800) 482-8982 or consumer@arkansasag.gov or visit ArkansasAG.gov or facebook.com/AGLeslieRutledge.

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