Offbeat February 5, 2011

Have you won the ICC sweepstake?

If you’ve just received an email from the “ICC” congratulating you for having won a prize in a sweepstake, organised by them, think twice before popping the champagne – or indeed disclosing your bank details

If you’ve just received an email from the “ICC” congratulating you for having won a prize in a sweepstake, organised by them, think twice before popping the champagne – or indeed disclosing your bank details. The mail isn’t from the ICC at all. The impending World Cup has given those who send out fraudulent emails – we’ve all received them at some point of time – another reason to fleece the public. This time, in exchange for the million dollars “prize money”, they seek your bank details and, consequently, your money. The ICC, which anyway has rather a lot on its plate, has also stepped in, alerting the public to the fraud. As if incomplete stadiums weren’t enough headache.

Jayaditya Gupta is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo in India

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